Kodi Nikorima in action for the Broncos.
Kodi Nikorima in action for the Broncos. DAVE HUNT

Nikorima gets Hunt blessing for halfback

ST GEORGE-bound Ben Hunt has backed Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett's decision to hand Kodi Nikorima the starting half-back role.

Hunt, who will join the Dragons on a $6 million deal next season, will suit up against his new team on Friday night as the back-up hooker for the Broncos.

Brisbane has moved into the top two with Sam Thaiday as starting No.9.

Thaiday has moved into the hooker's role following Andrew McCullough's season-ending knee injury a fortnight ago.

Nikorima has been in the halves with Anthony Milford, with Hunt coming in at dummy-half when needed and he is happy with that set up.

"Kodi is the right option going forward," Hunt said.

"He has shown that this year. He has played nine games in the halves and won them all.

"He has a lot to work on and improve on but he's definitely the right option."

Hunt said he was not worried by the ian and out form of the ninth-placed Dragons and wanted to prove to Brisbane fans just where his loyalty lies for now.

"I am a Bronco for the rest of the year and this game is no different," he said.

"I have watched a few of their (Dragons) games this year and they have a quality side.

"I don't know if they are too wobbly.

"I know they are fighting to get into the top eight but I believe they have a quality side going into the future."