Feb 3, 2006
By Dale Budge
It will be a fit and excited Lance Hohaia that runs out in the number nine jumper against Melbourne in the opening round of this year's NRL.
The Kiwi star moved into the hooking role mid way through last season and has not looked back since, making it his own and even going on to play for his country there in the Tri-Nations series.
So without the burden of off-season surgery that he has faced at the end of each of his four seasons in the NRL, Hohaia is in the best shape of his career.
"It is probably the first off-season I have had where I haven't had major surgery at the end of the season so that is a plus for me," he told tvnz.co.nz.
"All my strength levels have been a lot better than what they have been over the last few years. I am feeling pretty fit at the moment."
And that bodes well for the Warriors, who will get the benefits of Hohaia's halfback background acting out of dummy-half.
"I am pretty pleased about it. Ivan has obviously got full confidence in me playing [hooker].
"I have had a full off-season playing there now and learnt how to play that position without too many restrictions.
"Ivan has pretty much given me, not an open book, but left it up to me in making decisions and when to run etc.
"I am pretty rapt with that sort of role and I'm just looking forward to playing."
Source: One Sport