Hopoate: Each Game Brings Confidence

Dyldam Parramatta Eels centre Will Hopoate insists he’s still got room to improve before he’s playing his best football, despite a big performance in the Eels’ 42-24 victory over the Cronulla Sharks. 

“With each game comes a bit more confidence within myself, and credit to the middle boys, they set the platform for us backs to do our thing,” Hoppa said. 

“I’m very grateful to Brad and the staff, they’re very helpful to helping me improve, they give me goals each week and I’m happy to be improving, and be playing footy each week.”

Despite talks about Origin Rep footy selection this year, Will says it’s only in the back of his mind with Parramatta taking up his focus. 

“Origin is really not the focus on my mind, I’m just trying to play well for the Blue and Gold - playing City [Origin] was a great experience, but I’m trying to play my best for Parramatta,” he said. 

“I really try to focus on playing good consistent footy, and each week I’m playing a bit better so I just have to keep chipping away.”

The side will return to the video room to dissect the win and where they can improve for Saturday’s game against the Dragons at Pirtek Stadium. 

“I’m trying to fix parts of my games that I can help the team with; [things like] strength and speed - but I’ve got a great coaching staff and team here that can help me with my goals,” Hopoate said. 

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