Hoffman saves sledges for game day
He dished the dirt on their pet plays earlier in the week but Titans fullback Josh Hoffman says he will save any response to sledging from former Broncos teammates until the two teams meet on Friday night.
When he took the field in Round 1 Hoffman became the eighth player to represent both the Titans and Broncos and having left Red Hill at the end of 2014 to further his prospects of playing in the fullback position, will wear the No.1 against his old club at Cbus Super Stadium.
Former Bronco Jharal Yow Yeh got in touch with Hoffman on Monday and centre Jack Reed was expected to fire the first shot in a text message exchange but the 27-year-old said he will save any return fire for his exploits on the field.
"I'll let them fire the first shot and then I'll reply with an answer on game day," Hoffman said ominously.
"I'm not going to lie, it was [the first game I circled on the calendar]. I think it was the first game I was looking forward to, checking out the roster and what round we play the Broncos so I'm looking forward to running out in the new colours and coming up against the old teammates.
"I haven't really been able to get much involvement [in the first four games] but hopefully I can get a bit more ball this Friday night and a bit more time at the back.
"I'm just trying to play consistent footy at the moment and do my best for the Titans and hopefully I can play a bit more time at the back."
Six years with the Broncos gave Hoffman an insider's view of the strengths and weaknesses of Brisbane's best players, knowledge he was happy to pass on in the team video session on Tuesday morning.
"Obviously playing with them for a few years now and knowing who their strike-power is I've got a bit to say in the meetings and stuff," Hoffman said.
"There are a few plays that we're looking at and also a few key areas as well. I'll be on my game and hopefully I can bring a bit of energy to the team.
"They've got some great players all over the park and some great experience as well. A lot of Origin players in amongst the group so we'll be on our toes and looking out for those players."
Although he has been named in his coveted No.1 jersey Hoffman will once again switch between fullback and left centre with William Zillman, an experiment coach Neil Henry is happy to persist with for the forseeable future.
Both Hoffman and Zillman are averaging more than 100 metres per game but neither have been able to come up with a try, a line break, a line-break assist or a try assist through the opening month of the season.
"Happy at the moment because it gives us a bit of energy at the back when they swap around a little bit and they're both becoming familiar with defending," Henry said.
"It's vastly different defending at the back than it is at left centre so it's still a work in progress for us but I see it's the best fit for the players that we've got available at the moment, particularly with an experienced campaigner like Brad Tighe injured. We don't really have other options [at left centre]."
Titans captain Nate Myles will also oppose some familiar faces in Origin teammates Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett but said any personal relationships get left in the dressing sheds come game day.
"I suppose it can if you let it and you look far much into it but you'd be a fool to think that anyone in the opposition is not going to try and hurt you," Myles said of any personal friendships.
"It's a game, it's a business, people are fighting for their spots and you want to go out there and do your best so friendships are put on hold."