Secret of New South Wales' Hoffman's success

JOE BARTON AND IAN MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 09:44 22/06/2013

Relevant offers

League

Worry over Warriors boss' U-turn on second NZ side Wellington NRL bid stands firm, says consortium Shaun Johnson wins Golden Boot as league's best player Wellington unlikely to get new NRL club, says New Zealand Warriors chief Jim Doyle Warriors return to Wellington to face Dragons in 2015 Queensland look to bring in more new blood for State of Origin Panthers coach Ivan Cleary fears the worst from Auckland Nines Steve 'Beaver' Menzies backs Big Willie Mason to lead Manly Melbourne Storm to experiment without captain Cameron Smith Former NRL halfback guilty of manslaughter

Ryan Hoffman says the secret to his successful return to the NSW fold materialised when he stopped trying to prove to everybody he deserved to be there.

Now 29, the Melbourne secondrower believes he's in a significantly better position to make an impact in State of Origin than when he was picked in 2007-8.

Back then, he says, he was too caught up in trying to be something he wasn't.

"I was trying too hard to prove to people I was an Origin player," Hoffman told AAP.

"Instead I should've been going out and doing what I did with the Melbourne Storm.

"Maybe I was worrying too much about what people thought about me and what the media were saying.

"But it's more important to worry about things I can control than things I can't.

"At Melbourne we embody what Origin players are all about - and that's doing your job, doing it well and doing it best under adversity.

"All I need to focus on is doing that.

"(Blues coach Laurie Daley) isn't expecting me to do anything I'm not doing for my club, he just expects me to do it better."

The key to Hoffman's turnaround, and his elevation into the NSW starting lineup despite the Blues' unquestionable depth in the back row, is some new-found maturity.

He spent the 2011 season playing with Wigan in the English Super League, cast off by the Storm in the wake of their salary cap scandal of 2010.

But having successfully reunited with the Storm, winning a premiership the following season, Hoffman believes that experience has changed his outlook on life and football.

"It comes from experience and comes from maturity," he said.

"That's what I think going over to the UK helped with, I've come back a much more mature and better footballer.

"I still read newspapers, I still watch the news. But getting older you realise what's important and what isn't."

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content