A lightning quick half back, Hunt was recruited from Brighton Grammar by Melbourne in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. Despite not playing a TAC Cup game, Hunt had shown enough for Melbourne to draft him with pick 57.
His ability to break-lines and close in on opponents poses as a key trait to his game.
Jayden debuted for the Demons during the 2016 season where he played 19 impressive games, showcasing his speed and agility. The medium-defender provides great run and carry as well as versatility for Melbourne’s backline, often being the runner that links plays from the defensive half.
Jayden’s 2017 campaign was a further advancement in the young athlete’s career. His game evolved into a more attacking and dynamic game that provided Melbourne with superb rebound and speed off the half-back line. Jayden averaged 18 disposals in his 22 games as well as 2.6 rebounds a game. Jayden’s best performance arguably came in his Round 3 game against Geelong where he collected 30 disposals, including 5 rebounds and a goal.
An injury interrupted 2018 campaign saw Hunt play just 6 AFL games before playing a major role in Casey’s VFL finals campaign. Contracted with Melbourne until the end of the 2020 season, Hunt is within sight of the 50 AFL game milestone with his football still ahead of him.