NEW Gold Coast recruit Jarrod Harbrow believes the club’s most marketable asset in the north – Karmichael Hunt – will spend time in defence in the NAB Cup after impressing with his finesse and tackling at training.
Harbrow, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is also keen to tackle the NAB Cup after crossing from the Western Bulldogs as an uncontracted player last season.
“He’s (Hunt) just got a natural ability to play many sports,” Harbrow said.
“He will most likely be playing a key position role. He’s extremely strong and you can just tell by the way he tackles in a tackling drill.”
“You wouldn’t want to run into him out on the football field.”
“He’s fit and injury free so I don’t see why he wouldn’t play,” he said.
Coach Guy McKenna said Gary Ablett is likely to be used as a sub during the NAB Cup but may miss the opener against Greater Western Sydney and Sydney on February 19.
Harbrow said brother Nathan Ablett, meanwhile, has missed the bulk of training with the main group and has been on modified training because of general soreness. He was still a chance to be showcased during the NAB Cup.
“He’s (Nathan Ablett) been a little bit injured every now and then but he does everything right. He’s got a really good diet and his technique is going well,” Harbrow said.
He said the fresh start for the Suns is felt by everyone at the club – not just from the uncontracted players who have made the move.
“I think everyone comes in unknown,” he said.
“We don’t know how we will go this year. All most clubs do is try and be as competitive as they can. We’ve got a mix of young and experienced guys at the club…I’m sure we’re going to put up a good fight and go out and cause a few upsets,” he said.
By Brent Diamond