Being a Titan during pre-season is tough going
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast Titans and former Mackay junior player Josh Hoffman is in the middle of one of the toughest pre-seasons of his life.
"Every player isn't too excited about pre-season training," he laughed.
"It's the stuff that goes unnoticed though, there's a lot of hard training and it's pretty brutal.
"It's definitely a lot tougher than what I expected."
This year was Hoffman's first at the Titans, a year in which the club struggled on and off the field.
The club was expected to sign another Mackay junior Daly Cherry-Evans this year.
However the Manly player pulled out of the deal.
"Obviously there was a few distractions that were in the way," he said.
"We had a tough run with injuries this year, and it was hard to keep that consistent footy going.
"This year is a new year for the club, so hopefully we can minimise the injuries and keep the distractions out of reach."
Hoffman said his main focus of this year was getting through a full season.
"My time at the Broncos was hard with all the niggling injuries I had," he said. "It was good to get through the season without an injury but in saying that my knee and ankle were playing up, so I had to battle that out through the season."
The 27-year-old said the season had taken its toll on the body.
"It's just one of those things you just have to push through," Hoffman said.
"Hopefully with the two week break I can give the body a bit of a rest and re-group and recharge for when we get back."
Hoffman has a young family and will be staying on the Gold Coast for Christmas. He has two daughters, Leilani, two and Evei, six months.
He took his family on a big trip to the United States, something he described as an amazing experience.
"New York was definitely an eye-opener, it's like what you see on TV, it's just so quick; everybody is going somewhere and doing something," he said.
"I just had to stop and take a breath, especially Times Square, that was just something else."
Next year Hoffman's goal is to win a premiership.
"That's every team's goal in the NRL," he said.
"We didn't finish too well last year and we weren't happy, so hopefully we can spark something next season for the fans and give them a bit of help."
Former South Sydney Rabbitohs player Chris McQueen could be a big part of the Titans revival.
"He's (McQueen) been there, he's been in a grand final, played Origin footy and he's got a lot of experience," Hoffman said.
"He's only young and he's got a lot more footy to go, so hopefully he can share that with the young fellas in the team."
Hoffman has played international rugby league for New Zealand and it remains in the back of his mind.
"I'd like to get back into that Kiwi side," he said.
"In saying that, the club is in a rebuilding phase and we're just trying to focus on getting the Titans to a successful season next year."