A lightning quick half back, Hunt was recruited form Brighton Grammar School by Melbourne during the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. His ability to break-lines and close in on opponents poses as a key trait to his game. Hunt originally played some eye-catching football for Brighton Grammar in 2013, and in the Young Guns game, a representative game for draft hopefuls. Despite not playing a TAC Cup game, Hunt had shown enough for Melbourne to draft him with pick 57 at the NAB AFL Draft.
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 1 goal.
Jayden is contracted with Melbourne until the end of the 2020 season.