Hoffman & Simpkin

Reece Hoffman and Jake Simpkin impressing with Wests Tigers
They were both snubbed by the Brisbane Broncos but now this young, talented duo are helping a rival NRL club strive towards a finals spot this season.

Brayden Heslehurst, Wynnum Herald
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THEY were plucked from the grasp of the Brisbane Broncos and now this young and talented duo could help a rival NRL club strive towards the finals this season.

Reece Hoffman and Jake Simpkin both honed their skills at Queensland Intrust Super Cup club, the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, an affiliate club of Brisbane, with the pair part of the Seagulls Academy.

But despite receiving offers from several NRL clubs, Hoffman and Simpkin both chose to join Michael Maguire at the Wests Tigers, where they are signed until the end of the 2022 season.

Hoffman, a bustling centre, was never offered a contract from the Broncos despite starring for the Queensland under-18s team last year and making his Intrust Super Cup debut during Wynnum Manly’s memorable preliminary final victory in Townsville last year.

He is now closing in on a debut after being named in the extended squad in recent weeks following injuries to key players and the suspension of Joey Leilua.

“Most people in Brisbane grow up wanting to play for the Broncos and I was a bit the same but then as I got older, towards the end of high school, they hadn’t really looked at me at all,” Hoffman said.

“I didn’t get selected in any of their sort of junior squads or anything like that.

“I was close to joining Souths (Sydney) when I had offers from clubs last year but then I came down here, watched the boys train, sat down with Mag (Maguire) and saw what his mentality was like and wanted to come here.”

Simpkin, a hard-nosed and physical dummy half, was with the Broncos for several years before being let go last year.

The 18-year-old Toowoomba product is expected to push for a utility spot on the bench at some stage this season although he is biding his time behind Tigers gun recruit Harry Grant.

“They’re both doing really well and are pushing every week to make their debut,” Wynnum Manly Seagulls Academy manager, Glen Dreger, said.

“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

“Jake is a bit unlucky to be stuck behind Harry Grant, who is just killing it at the moment but I think he’s happy learning from someone like that while continuing to push his case.”

Hoffman said he was excited to be close to making his debut but was just frocused on continuing to work hard and learn during his rookie NRL season.

Dreger said the pair loved learning under the no-nonsense Maguire, along with other NRL stars and veterans like Benji Marshall.

He also said he would love to see both Simpkin and Hoffman return back home and play in Brisbane at some stage during their NRL careers.

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I hope both these guys can turn into real quality first graders for us. It’s good having teenagers we can be excited about for the future.

Good to hear Madge is attracting these kinds of guys as well, beating out Souths for his signature is pretty good. Hopefully Hoffman is a late inclusion this week

Good read

Just 1 note

Pushing for a utility spot 🤔

I thought simpkin was just a hooker

Yeah nice. I hope they are drip fed into first grade like Madge has been doing with Talau.

@diedpretty said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

does this mean rowdy is playing centre.

@avocadoontoast said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@diedpretty said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

does this mean rowdy is playing centre.

I hope so. Even though he is slow these days, his tackling technique and positioning is much better than Chee Kam’s.

@Kazoo-Kid said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@avocadoontoast said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@diedpretty said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

does this mean rowdy is playing centre.

I hope so. Even though he is slow these days, his tackling technique and positioning is much better than Chee Kam’s.

If Rowdy plays centre we’re in massive trouble. He has no pace or lateral movement. They’d just jog past him.

I fear that not playing week to week this year could set back their development. Same goes for Stefano.

@avocadoontoast said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@Kazoo-Kid said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@avocadoontoast said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@diedpretty said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

does this mean rowdy is playing centre.

I hope so. Even though he is slow these days, his tackling technique and positioning is much better than Chee Kam’s.

If Rowdy plays centre we’re in massive trouble. He has no pace or lateral movement. They’d just jog past him.

Agree he’s real slow has no sideways movement at all that’s why I would prefer Chee Kam there.

Rowdy should be watching this game from his lounge room .

@diedpretty said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

Reece Hoffman and Jake Simpkin impressing with Wests Tigers
They were both snubbed by the Brisbane Broncos but now this young, talented duo are helping a rival NRL club strive towards a finals spot this season.

Brayden Heslehurst, Wynnum Herald
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July 8, 2020 3:13pm
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THEY were plucked from the grasp of the Brisbane Broncos and now this young and talented duo could help a rival NRL club strive towards the finals this season.

Reece Hoffman and Jake Simpkin both honed their skills at Queensland Intrust Super Cup club, the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, an affiliate club of Brisbane, with the pair part of the Seagulls Academy.

But despite receiving offers from several NRL clubs, Hoffman and Simpkin both chose to join Michael Maguire at the Wests Tigers, where they are signed until the end of the 2022 season.

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Hoffman, a bustling centre, was never offered a contract from the Broncos despite starring for the Queensland under-18s team last year and making his Intrust Super Cup debut during Wynnum Manly’s memorable preliminary final victory in Townsville last year.

He is now closing in on a debut after being named in the extended squad in recent weeks following injuries to key players and the suspension of Joey Leilua.

“Most people in Brisbane grow up wanting to play for the Broncos and I was a bit the same but then as I got older, towards the end of high school, they hadn’t really looked at me at all,” Hoffman said.

“I didn’t get selected in any of their sort of junior squads or anything like that.

“I was close to joining Souths (Sydney) when I had offers from clubs last year but then I came down here, watched the boys train, sat down with Mag (Maguire) and saw what his mentality was like and wanted to come here.”

Reece Hoffman scores during the NRL trial match between the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers in February. Picture: David Neilson/Getty Images
Reece Hoffman scores during the NRL trial match between the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers in February. Picture: David Neilson/Getty Images
Simpkin, a hard-nosed and physical dummy half, was with the Broncos for several years before being let go last year.

The 18-year-old Toowoomba product is expected to push for a utility spot on the bench at some stage this season although he is biding his time behind Tigers gun recruit Harry Grant.

“They’re both doing really well and are pushing every week to make their debut,” Wynnum Manly Seagulls Academy manager, Glen Dreger, said.

Jake Simpkin in action during the under-18 Queensland vs NSW State of Origin game last year. Picture: Adam Head
Jake Simpkin in action during the under-18 Queensland vs NSW State of Origin game last year. Picture: Adam Head
“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

“Jake is a bit unlucky to be stuck behind Harry Grant, who is just killing it at the moment but I think he’s happy learning from someone like that while continuing to push his case.”

Young Wests Tigers teammates Jock Madden, Jake Simpkin and Reece Hoffman living together in a share house at Lidcombe, taken in February. Picture: AAP/Matthew Vasilescu
Young Wests Tigers teammates Jock Madden, Jake Simpkin and Reece Hoffman living together in a share house at Lidcombe, taken in February. Picture: AAP/Matthew Vasilescu
Hoffman said he was excited to be close to making his debut but was just frocused on continuing to work hard and learn during his rookie NRL season.

Dreger said the pair loved learning under the no-nonsense Maguire, along with other NRL stars and veterans like Benji Marshall.

He also said he would love to see both Simpkin and Hoffman return back home and play in Brisbane at some stage during their NRL careers.

Thank you

Broncos have 4 feeder sides in QLD Cup, so it’s an ongoing gee-up to say that Broncos missed out on players, when literally they have 4 times as many potential call-ups as they can fit into a single FG side.

Hopefully we can hold onto these guys - I reckon they will both be long term first graders. Do have my doubts about Madden though.

@avocadoontoast said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

@diedpretty said in Hoffman & Simpkin:

“Obviously Reece is really close, he could’ve made his debut this week but they chose to go with experience in Chris Lawrence ahead of a big game against Souths.

does this mean rowdy is playing centre.

All player interviews seem to suggest this, not very coy about it. Moses pretty much said it would be him coming in.

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