Hughes excels as Melbourne Storm's Mr Versatile
Jahrome Hughes is quickly becoming the Storm's everywhere man after sparkling in attack against the Dragons on Thursday night.
The Wellington-born utility put in the best performance of his 11-game Telstra Premiership career, chiming in with 209 running metres, a try and plenty of intelligent kicks as the Storm ran away 52-30 winners over St George Illawarra.
"I think we were confident with it," he said of his side's attacking proficiency.
"We did make a lot of line breaks, but we were just confident in our skill. Obviously, the improvement [needed] is our defence, but next week we will look at that and try and improve."
Hughes and fellow young playmakers Ryley Jacks and Brodie Croft made a pact earlier in the week to lead the team around and help captain Cameron Smith.
"At training, we tried to be more vocal," he said.
"With me, Jacksy and Crofty, we are still young blokes I guess compared to Smithy. He can do a lot of talking, but he shouldn't have to do all the talking. We got together during the week and said we need to take a bigger part in leading this team around with our spine. I thought we did that pretty good this week."
While he wore the No.7 jersey, Hughes played fullback and his special 66th-minute effort - a swerving 20-metre run - started his side's try-fest to close the game out.
But it was the 23-year-old's composed grubber kicking that impressed most.
"I know I'm not known as a kicker, but know I have to work a lot on that if I want to play in the halves, and fullbacks can kick nowadays too," he said.
"I'm doing a lot of work with different coaches, so hopefully I can keep getting better and better with that."
Although one day he might inherit the Storm's fullback spot on a regular basis, Hughes is happy playing Mr Versatile.
"Wherever I play I'm happy. If I get a few more first-grade games, I'm stoked with that."