League star sets sights on con­tract

Player to study league at renowned NRL-star school

Warwick Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

RUGBY LEAGUE: A de­ci­sion to take his school ca­reer out­side of the Rose City has opened up a world of op­por­tu­nity for a star War­wick ath­lete.

Foot­baller Bren­dan Hoff­man heads to the Gold Coast this week­end for what could be the start of an il­lus­tri­ous sport­ing ca­reer.

Hoff­man will at­tend Kee­bra Park State High School for Years 11 and 12, un­der a par­tial con­tract with the Wests Tigers NRL Club, which could lead to his selec­tion in the team post-grad­u­a­tion. A rugby-league nurs­ery school, Kee­bra Park has pro­duced a num­ber of NRL stars, in­clud­ing Bris­bane Bron­cos winger Jor­dan Kahu.

“Kee­bra Park has had many stu­dents who have be­come play­ers I ad­mire, par­tic­u­larly Benji Mar­shall,” Hoff­man said.

“I sent away a video com­pi­la­tion of me play­ing foot­ball at dif­fer­ent lev­els then the main coach came up from the Gold Coast to watch one of my matches in Toowoomba.

“He said they usu­ally give out schol­ar­ships af­ter a few months but he liked my play­ing style and saw my swim­ming as a big pos­i­tive and gave me the schol­ar­ship on the spot.

“I’d al­ways wanted to go away to fin­ish Years 11 and 12 and this was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to be able to take.

“Ul­ti­mately I hope the con­tract does open up the op­por­tu­nity to play for the Tigers but any club could still pick you up.”

Hoff­man has played for the War­wick and Dis­trict Charg­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams for four suc­ces­sive sea­sons, and twice for the South West Mus­tangs at a ju­nior level.

He also played most of his ju­nior rugby league for Eastern Sub­urbs in War­wick.

A se­cond rower who loves de­fend­ing, Hoff­man’s aim is to im­prove his foot­ball at the Gold Coast and en­joy it.

Like many young play­ers, his ul­ti­mate dream is to play in the NRL.

“While I’m still at school I’m hop­ing to learn as much as I can and meet new peo­ple,” Hoff­man said.

“I know I’ll en­joy my time there but I’ll still need to put as much ef­fort in to max­imise what I get out of it.

Rugby league is a school sub­ject at Kee­bra Park, and Hoff­man will have three class­eseach week to com­plete a Cer­tifi­cate II in rugby league coach­ing.

He will have three gym ses­sions a week, one beach train­ing ses­sion, and foot­ball train­ing in ad­di­tion to school work, as he aims to study sports psy­chol­ogy at uni­ver­sity.

Hoff­man has also ex­celled at swim­ming and ath­let­ics, as well as rugby league.

In the past two years, he has won gold and sil­ver in state shot­put and was fourth in the 2016 na­tion­als.

“It will de­pend on my train­ing sched­ule and how close the pool is but I cer­tainly hope I can con­tinue with swim­ming.”

PHOTO: GER­ARD WALSH

SCHOL­AR­SHIP: Bren­dan Hoff­man is on a rugby league schol­ar­ship to Kee­bra Park State High School at the Gold Coast and has a par­tial con­tract with Wests Tigers.

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