Perth interest encouraging, but no guarantees for dual Warrnambool premiership player

MASKELL medallist Tim Hunt will train with Perth tonight as he strives to earn a spot on a WAFL list for the 2014 season.

Hunt, 23, arrived in Western Australia on Monday.

The two-time Warrnambool premiership player said he would train with the Demons but would keep his options open.

“The week before Christmas I was in Perth and trained a couple of times,” Hunt said.

“They were keen for me to come back but can’t guarantee me a spot yet.

“They have a points system (130 per club in the WAFL) and because I have played VFL I am 10 points. I am hopeful they will have enough room when they finalise their list.”

Hunt, who spent two seasons on Collingwood’s VFL list, said he hadn’t ruled out playing for another WAFL club or amateurs.

The ball winner said Perth had been supportive and would help him find another club if it couldn’t list him.

“I am reasonably confident (of playing WAFL) but I’ll wait and see,” he said.

“The worst case scenario is I play ammos for a year and WAFL the year after. Obviously I’d like to get on a list.”

Hunt said he was excited about playing in Western Australia,  where ground conditions would be in stark contrast to south-west Victoria’s muddied ovals.

“It’s something I have always wanted to do with the climate and lifestyle,” he said of his decision to move west.

“And I am at the age where I have finished uni and it’s a chance to get away.”

He said he would miss Warrnambool and had aspirations to play for the Blues again.

Hunt battled shoulder and groin problems in 2013 but still managed to play a role in the Blues’ grand final win against Koroit.

“I am running now and feeling better,” he said.

“I am doing a lot of core strength work.”

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