RYAN Hoffman has tipped Brett Finch to play a major role for Wigan this summer – after his starring performance last weekend.
No.6 Finch took time to settle into the side after recovering from major neck surgery, but has started the last nine matches and improved steadily, culminating in his man of the match display in the 32-10 victory over St Helens last Friday night.
And former Kangaroos forward Hoffman never had any doubts that the stand-off would make his mark on Super League.
The 27-year-old – who played with Finch at Melbourne – said: “Brett has been going fantastic for us in recent weeks.
“He had a bit of a rough start, coming in on the back of a pretty serious injury, and was probably short of a run to start with.
“But to come back the way he has, and play his way back into some great form, shows the quality he has.
“And I think his good form has probably coincided with our own good form. Form comes and goes but class is permanent, and I had no worries whatsoever about Finchy.
“He was obviously disappointed with the way it was going at the start, but to his credit he’s worked hard at his game – as all world-class players do – and he’s turned it round.”
Finch controlled Wigan’s attack against Saints and impressed with his range of passes and kicks, while his try after half-time – his third in five games – stretched the scoreline out to 24-0.
Harrison Hansen said: “Finchy’s try was the clincher, especially holding off James Roby, who’s one of the strongest players in Super League.”
Finch himself was modest about his effort but said he hopes to keep the rich vein of form going when Huddersfield roll into town this Saturday for the Big One 3 showdown.
“Our focus is to continue to play as well as we did, and if we can continue playing that way we’ll find ourselves in the right position,” he said.