Hoffman flying for Broncos after his shift to the wing
HE MAY be a reluctant winger, but Broncos flier Josh Hoffman says he has not enjoyed a purple patch similar to his current hot streak since under-sevens.
The Broncos have ignited their season with back-to-back wins against Queensland rivals the Gold Coast and North Queensland.
They looked every bit top-eight contenders as they ground out a 12-10 win over the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, after going into the game with a 1-3 win-loss record and having their attacking prowess questioned.
Their rebound has coincided with Hoffman and Jack Reed combining as a powerful left-side unit.
Hoffman has been one of the Broncos' best in recent weeks, scoring a total of six tries and making just as many line breaks in their past three outings.
After trialling at fullback, Hoffman was parachuted into the No.2 jersey with little notice after coach Anthony Griffin moved Corey Norman to No.1 to accommodate star recruit Scott Prince.
A star for the Broncos against the Cowboys, Hoffman scored two decisive tries - one at the tail end of each half - leading Griffin to label him the club's best winger at the moment.
Asked if he could remember the last time he had found the tryline so prolifically, Hoffman quipped: "Not since under-sevens".
His positional shift was not always a source of revelry, however, Hoffman openly admitting he was shocked when Griffin told him he would be moved out of his preferred spot.
"I came into the season trying to play at fullback, through the trials as well," he said.
"It was a bit of a shock when I got shifted to the wing.
"But it's something you've got to do, it's just another job ... I can put on my resume."
Hoffman is a strong possibility of lining up at fullback for New Zealand in Friday's Anzac Test.
The incumbent Kiwi No.1, he was close to the side's best in last year's trans-Tasman Test in Townsville.
He said NZ coach and Broncos assistant Stephen Kearney had given him no indication about what position he would play.
"We just spoke about the team and what's ahead for us next weekend against the Aussies," Hoffman said.
"Wherever he puts me, I just hope I get a shot at wearing that jersey again and I can do my job for the team."