JASON Hoffman and Jets teammates Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Ben Kantarovski came to the aid of a stranded motorist in Perth on Friday.
Though happy to perform a good deed, Hoffman said there would be no such charity given to an under-manned Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
The driver was pretty distressed and didn’t have any idea what she was doing.- Jets utility Jason Hoffman
On returning to their hotel after training on Friday morning, the Jets players noticed a car with a flat tyre and two women struggling to change it.
“The driver was pretty distressed and didn’t have any idea what she was doing,” Hoffman said. “We changed the tyre and got her back on the road.”
Perth, coming off a 1-0 loss to the Mariners, are without in-form striker Adam Taggart (hamstring). Midfield wizard Diego Castro (calf) and captain Andy Keogh (groin) are also in doubt.
Hoffman said it was vital that the Jets took it too the home side irrespective of what team Perth field.
“You always want to be on the front foot regardless of what players take the park for the opposition,” he said. “We want Keogh and Castro to play. That gives us the best measure of where we are at. That way when it comes to crunch time later in the year, hopefully finals football, we are well prepared to play the best sides. But no matter who they put out, they will be strong and competitive. We will try and be assertive, hopefully dominate the game and get three points.”
Perth coach Kenny Lowe was optimistic that Castro, who has scored four goals in six games against the Jets, and Keogh would play some part on Saturday night.
“They trained today,” Lowe said. “I think Andy will get up for it. We have him pegged to start and we will go from there. Castro is a possibility. We will assess them tomorrow when they come in to make sure there is no delayed reaction from the sessions they have done this week.”
For the Jets, striker Roy O’Donovan (groin) and midfielder Wayne Brown (calf) trained strongly in Perth and appear set to feature.
“They trained well today and now it is up to the coach to work out what capacity they play,” Hoffman said. “The good thing is that they are here with the group and are a good influence. They are very experienced and bring a different quality. Whatever contribution they have will be a positive one and lift the boys around them.”
Hoffman has fully recovered from a groin injury he sustained in the 4-1 triumph over Melbourne Victory a fortnight ago.
“It was a weird one to be honest,” Hoffman said of the injury. “I had a bit of a problem with a vein that runs through the groin. It seized up and was rock hard. I could feel it in the groin and it caused a bit of discomfort. I had a course of antibiotics and some inflammatories and it cleared up. I had a second scan and the blood was flowing through the vein as normal.”
Hoffman has lined up on the right wing in the past three games, after Andrew Nabbout was switched to the point of the attack to cover for O’Donovan.
“Being pushed forward as a winger has been a bit like going back to the future,” the 28-year-old said. “I used to play there and certainly know the role. It is about being confident in front of goal and I can be a menace and be creative.”
The Jets sit second on 17 points, but have dropped two of the last three games.
“We were so disappointed [in the 2-1 loss to City] last week,” Hoffman said. We played well enough in the first half to get more out of it. On Saturday, we want to put in a strong 90-minute performance to make sure we get back on winning ways and keep a bit of distance from the chasing field.”