Hoffman to show support for Goodes
Titans fullback Josh Hoffman would love to break his try-scoring drought as a way to show support for AFL superstar Adam Goodes but insists he hasn't allowed himself to start preparing a post-try celebration just yet.
Indigenous players throughout the NRL have been encouraged to "shake a leg" by NRL welfare and education officer Dean Widders this weekend in a show of solidarity with Goodes as the NRL prepares to celebrate Indigneous Round in Round 22 next weekend.
The shake a leg challenge. This week if you kick a goal or score a try shake a leg positive indigenous culture pic.twitter.com/Iv1b1fwwM9— Dean Widders (@Deanwidders) July 30, 2015
Like the rest of his team, Hoffman has found tries hard to come by in the past month of football but the 2015 Indigenous All Stars representative is fully supportive of the sentiments expressed by the likes of Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston this week.
"It definitely is bringing the community closer," Hoffman said. "It's something that as sportsmen we have to be aware of and I'm behind 'Goodesy' and also Johnathan and 'GI' showing their support 100 per cent.
"I'll have to think about that when it comes; I have to score a try first before I start thinking about celebrating," he added. "I've been in a bit of a drought at the moment so I'll be looking to get some points on the board."
There is some doubt Hoffman will be able to take his place in the Gold Coast team on Monday night against Parramatta as he battles an ankle injury.
Although he trained on Friday he switched in and out of the fullback position with David Mead with a final decision on his fitness to be made following the captain's run on Sunday morning.
The 27-year-old admitted that the discomfort in his left ankle has given his confidence a knock and that it will require relatively minor surgery at the end of the season.
"It has rattled the confidence a bit with this injury but it's nothing too serious," he said. "Come the end of the season hopefully I'll get a bit of a clean-out and be right for next season.
"Just every now and again when I get tackled the wrong way it gives me a bit of grief but just got to manage it and hopefully I'll be fine come Monday and I'll be 100 per cent.
"I got through training today which was pleasing and just chiming in and out of the session which allowed 'Meady' to fill in at fullback."
Captain Nate Myles is battling to overcome a shoulder injury in time to take his place in the team with Ryan James rated a more likely prospect to be fit to face the Eels.