Daley tips Ryan Hoffman to shine at Warriors

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 10/08/2014
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PIGGY-BACK: Ryan Hoffman drags two Queensland players with him for some of his 134m gained during State of Origin II.

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Laurie Daley believes the Warriors have pulled off one of the signings of the season in securing Ryan Hoffman for next year.

Daley says the Melbourne Storm backrower was one of the standout players in this year's successful State of Origin series and he'll be a great success when he joins the Auckland-based club next season.

"One of the things the Warriors are getting with Ryan Hoffman is a total professional and leader," Daley told Sunday News.

"He will be one of the great assets to the club. He's just a professional, knows his job, is a family man and was close to our best, if not our best in Origin this year.

"He will no doubt figure in the NSW Player of the Year award and he'll be one of the great buys for the club."

As one of the Raiders' greatest players, Daley found it a painful experience to watch his former team get thrashed by the Warriors 54-18 last Sunday, but feels it was a day when Canberra struck the Warriors at their very best.

"They're a better team than that and I'm sure they'll be able to turn it around.

"The Warriors are a team that, when they get on a roll, they're hard to beat.

"Since Andrew McFadden has taken over they've been consistent with their performances and that's always been the key for the Warriors, being consistent," he said.

"One week they look like they could win the comp and then next it's like they're one of the clubs in the bottom two.

"But it looks like that's all in the past and they're moving forward.

"Anything is a possibility for the Warriors and you wouldn't want to be playing them in the final if they're all fit and healthy."

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