Giant striker Maierhofer wants to make Millwall return

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STEFAN Maierhofer has asked to return to Millwall in January.

The giant Austrian striker, who helped guide the Lions to Championship safety last season, is currently playing for SC Wiener Neustadt.

Maierhofer was offered the chance to stay at The Den in the summer but made big wage demands. He was also confident of securing a move to a higher level.

But an agent claiming to look after the 6ft 7in targetman has been pestering Millwall in recent weeks about a return to south London in the New Year.

Boss Ian Holloway will take Maierhofer – dubbed the Hof by fans – into consideration but has not yet decided whether to pursue the issue any further.

The club say they are not currently discussing a contract with him.

Speaking in the Austrian press a couple of weeks ago, Maierhofer said of his future: "I want to go abroad again. We will see what develops in January,"

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

67 thoughts on “Giant striker Maierhofer wants to make Millwall return

  • December 31, 2014 at 10:28
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    Come back, deal to end of the season, basic low wage but goal bonus?

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    • December 31, 2014 at 12:35
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      @longsuttonlion: This sack of tripe is not the way forward. I see Ollie is also quoted as saying " That's hopefully the first of many" following the Cowan-Hall signing. Now that's a bit more like it. Then we can get rid of all the crap. The Hoff is crap already, we don't need him on board thanks.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:32
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    Surely not.
    We have to be looking for better than this.
    Big time Charlie who thinks he is a lot better than he actually is.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 10:34
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      Pay him peanuts, make him score goals to earn his money, no one else is scoring apart from Gregory who has to win his own headers.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:33
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    Don't take him back. Who does he think he is. Cheeky f.ucker.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:36
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    he must be gutted his deal with Real Madrid fell through! do me a favour!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:45
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    He definitely made a massive impact last season. He came to us half fit and contributed. If he's been playing regularly , he must be 10x fitter than before.
    I'd say give him a go , sometimes it's better the devil you know. Wage demands etc are none of my business , I just wanna be watching Championship football next season. We're getting desperate now. If the new lad from Wycombe gives him the service , who knows what could happen.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 15:36
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      @Block 8: agree, get the big c*** back ASAP but read the riot act to him, make some sort of provision in his wage that makes it worthwhile for the club and see how it goes. Maybe he,s had some time to realise things. By the way, happy new year. Its 2015 in australia already. Cheers.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 21:20
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      @Block 8: Finally some sense, at the end of the day if we was assured more money and a better standard of work 90% of us would be gone in a heart beat people should just get over it bring him back IF he s fit and stick him on a goal and assist bonus. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THE LIONS FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD. NOLU WDC!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:45
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    His time back in Austria must have brought him down a peg or 2.... as long as he's going to earn his wage its worth considering! Pay as you play deal or goal bonus heavy maybe....

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:52
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    I'd take him back, you can't blame the guy for trying to get better terms we all do it given the chance. If we can get him cheap enough and still sign someone like Hanson we will have a forward line that should get us goals and provide different options and we need cover in the case of injuries. At the moment we do not have anyone capable of troubleing the opposing CBs and no one capable of winning the headers for Gregory. We are so poor in that department that even Marquis won more than the rest of them had been doing lately. He gives us what we have been missing Height and physical aggression, but we do need a quality front man as well. Just my opinion.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 16:29
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      I am in the bring him back camp on this one,for all his mis-giving's,he make's space for other's he does not get pushed off the ball easily,and i think he will benifit gregory big time.
      Remember he played a big part in keeping us up.
      When martin scored one of his rare goal's last year,by firing in from left side of the area it was hof who the defence were concentrating on,giving martin the space to get his shot through.
      When wooly scored our winner against bournmouth,again it was hof the defence were concentrating on allowing wooly the space to run in to head the winner.
      Not forgetting his two goals against middlesboro.
      Yes he missed a chance when he was offside,yes his control let him down sometime,
      Also remember he came to us not having played a game for 10 month's but he looked better and fitter than most of our squad
      BRING HIM BACK I SAY

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:53
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    Had a feeling when ollie said in bringing someone back this would be who it was lol I'd rather him than Morrison though, I know that much!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:54
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    I'd have him back to the end of the season, low wage but with goal bonuses. If he really wants to come back he'll take what's given to him.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:55
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    Is this the same agent who told him he should be looking for a top-flight club "like Fulham"? Hilarious. Maybe he has learnt his lesson and we can have him back on a realistic wage and not the over-inflated money he was asking for before - when his ego was even more in the clouds than his head. If he can do a job for us then Holloway needs to swallow his pride. Like last time, get him on a deal until the end of the season. We are desperate for someone his size up front and this time he has at least been playing in matches, so no excuses about match fitness.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:03
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    You still can't slide a sheet of paper under his feet when he tries to jump. I would say no, no point going back to him, look for new blood, Afobe, Doyle or Hanson.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:08
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    Maierhofer made himself a mug when he left and asking to come back is embarrassing: he should sack his agent. The Hof did the job though and the team played much better with him than it does without. Have him back.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 11:27
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      @Jzero: We all have different opinions regarding the "Hoff", but if he can get him back at not too great an expense, give him another try, as Block 8 said he should be a lot fitter than last time.
      If he helps to keep us up then all well and good, but at the moment we don't seem to have anything up front as Ollie in his wisdom is leaving our top goal scorer on the bench, he could play Paris alongside him our version of the famous SAS but they would be little & large.
      Last throw of the dice as we were helped out by last nights results and we are still in touch with the 3 above us so lets hope he finally turns our fortunes around, and a happy new year to us all. COYL!!!!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:10
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    Good move create loose ball up front
    for Gregory.Get Bailey fit we might survive

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:13
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    No thank you! If he is the pinnacle of the club's ambition then heaven help us.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:13
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    As much as I would love the greedy git to stay in the mighty Austrian Premier League, the Hof up front with Gregory and a decent quick winger banging balls in the box could just be enough to keep us up

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:22
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    he made a right lemon of himself with the Fulham thing but I still think he could do a job for us chuck Adobe in for good measure if not Hanson.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:29
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    I personally think should give him another go, yes he acted like a Charlie large but he was out of contract and tried to get more Which we all do no matter what job we do. I think with him upfront and most probably Martin and Cowan-hall on the wings it could prove what just we needed. You can't rely on fuller all the time to do that job.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:34
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    It's all about getting out of the bottom three now, if ollie thinks he can help greggs out then thats fine, but I agree we must get the likes of hanson aswell, we need to start climbing up the table now.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:39
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    All these shouts for Hanson. Hanson = money! Money we haven't got. Swallow a bit of pride holloway we all no what he can do and be no transfer fee involved will suit all party's. Board spend no transfer fee, holloway gets his big man up top, hof comes of the dull. Win win in my opinion

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    • December 31, 2014 at 13:33
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      @alexandergreen1993: I agree he made a big impact last year we know what we're getting and he's cheap - the likes of Hanson and Doyle will cost big money on the basis we're not the only club interested and we're already over FFP

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:42
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    It sounds like he's learned his lesson 50/50 for me.but no big contract.2bob plus goal bonus.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:56
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    Now we're in dire straits all of a sudden ,all the hoff haters want him back , typical fickle fans,look to the future I say and stick to your targets Holloway and let this big time Charlie go abroad to Crewe,come on wall fans stop getting desperate ffs!!

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    • December 31, 2014 at 19:12
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      @The Roar
      I did not hate him,in fact i thought he did a good job for us and i said so at the time,and i still say so now,and i think he would do a good job if he came back.
      So please do not lump me in with the so called hater's who now want him back.
      By the way i bet you cannot name any of those so called hater's.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 11:59
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    If Ollie is planning on buying pacey wingers (and hopefully a bit of 4-4-2) to whip balls into the box for our strikers to get on the end of, then this is our man. Olly has been trying to recruit Smith since the beginning of the season with no success but obviously wants a player of this sort of height to be a focal point of attacks, the Hof will hopefully come much cheaper than if we had signed him during the close season. Take him Ian only if it does not affect our January budget because we need more quality pacey players in all areas of the team still.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 12:08
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    easy choice, low wages with goal bonus til end of season, and we can still add afobie or hanson, gives us options up front which we desperately need, personally I don't care if the thinks gareth bale should be cleaning he's boots, we need all hands on deck.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 12:15
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    We need him, as others state get him on a goal bonus.
    I thought he was decent on the floor too, forgeta the froth, most professional footballers would move for another ten bob

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  • December 31, 2014 at 12:23
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    Wey Hey, the return of Twizzle!
    Short deal and goal bonus related.
    We need someone who is nasty upfront, we are lacking that big time.
    Lets face it, we are in a dog fight and he can cause panic in the opposing defences,
    plus we need options.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 12:46
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    Why do people respond like they think the club are planning to build a team around him, like he's seen as the future by the club? It's clearly a short term fix option to help us stay up and one I would take.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 12:51
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    I said a couple of weeks back, this window has to be a patch up job then go mad when the 24 leave, forget FFP spend it get enough decent players and deal with an embargo next January when hopefully we won't need anyone else

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  • December 31, 2014 at 12:53
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    ollie we may get someone back? Hulse? lol. The Hof and Greggs for me will do with Parus and Martin or Maggie providing the crosses that will do for me

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    • December 31, 2014 at 14:07
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      @DELBOY64: good post would be a good move for now, he is a total pest up front and will make spaces for Gregory and will hold up enough for midfield to come deeper in the final third

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  • December 31, 2014 at 13:22
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    Please please please fuc@ing NO!! Might as well try for morrison while ur at it!unbelievable..We need a striker who actually fuc@ing scores! This cu@t scored in only 1 game last season y any1 would want him back amazes me

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  • December 31, 2014 at 13:22
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    We have 2 transfer windows to build a team before the embargo..so we need to use both sensibly to build a team which dont include 30yr old players..sign a proper striker not a greedy mug like hof...once a judas always a judas.so tell to f*** of

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  • December 31, 2014 at 13:55
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    Id be more than happy if he came back.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 14:55
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      @Big Millwall: And me he will cause lots of probs for Deffenders if we can get the wingers working!!! whipping in fast balls ! Good move if it happens

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  • December 31, 2014 at 14:01
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    Completeley agree with LionforLife, people on here must still be p***** from Christmas, The geezer scored twice at Boro without having to even move as the crosses were right on his bonce,other than that he was utter s***! The Bournemouth game half the west upper were nearly in tears that he couldn't even run when put through, hardly jumps for a lanky streak and kept falling over! If this is the height of peoples ambition we might as well wave the white flag now. Noone else wants him, he's begging to come back... what does that say, it says he's s***. If Holloway stays we go down as I've been saying for months, and even considering signing this streak of p*** sums up how clueless Holloway really is!! I'm off to find a train to throw myself under!!!!!! Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    • December 31, 2014 at 15:26
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      @millwall0501: Where in the article does it say that IH is considering him ?

      It states quite clearly "STEFAN Maierhofer has asked to return to Millwall in January"....

      if he joins on a short term contract, and does a job like he did last year, all well and good, but personally I would prefer a tried and tested striker from the lower leagues (one that we can afford) who has a few more years left in him

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  • December 31, 2014 at 14:03
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    It's a case of needs must, we know what he can do, but if there is a longer term option available I would go elsewhere. Hoff is a short term solution to an acute problem.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 15:57
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      @glyngo: Agree Glyngo but provided it's not going to take weeks for him to be match fit. Would be great if he can get some goals but I think his biggest strength would be to create space and lay offs for Gregory. Not sure we should be necessarily spending money in the window even if available and Maierhofer could be the solution.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 19:39
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        @saracen: Yeah, with two wingers, and a target like the Hoff (Other big galoots are available) Gregory will start scoring regularly, I am sure.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 15:27
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    Fans saying they don't want the HOF back but would take Chris Wood both players mugged us off no difference COYL

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  • December 31, 2014 at 17:52
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    If Gregory had a big target man playing up front with him and two good wingers to fire in crosses I am sure that he would score a lot more goals in the second half of the season. We don't know the outcome of Harford's trip to France or if we are close to signing a similar sort of player in which case we have nothing to lose by signing the Hoff for the remainder of the season. He should be a lot fitter this year and if nothing else as others have said will cause a nuisance to the other team's defence. . Last season we didn't have a Gregory to pounce on mistakes caused by him.

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  • January 1, 2015 at 10:45
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    I would love to see him back. Great team player was always fired up. I understand what went on was not great but in real live we would try and get more money. Always gave 100% not like other players there who don't earn there money.

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    • January 1, 2015 at 14:36
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      @neilwall: have to agree, while he's in the box , defenders have their eye on him and with gregorys' movement in theory should be able to find space. We could hopefully get him on a short contract with a win bonus as an incentive. We need to try something different or its fleetwood, hatlepool and the pikies next.

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  • January 1, 2015 at 15:55
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    I think this guy is joking as I cant find him playing in any of SC Wiener Neustadt games thus far this season and they've only played 12 games. Keep him away from us please

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    • January 1, 2015 at 16:15
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      Soccerway stats show he played his first game for SCWiener on 22 November and has played three more times since. He has scored once.
      He was effective before and the team played better with him than it has since - if nothing else he restricts Holloway's incessant meddling. Surely the job now is to do whatever is necessary to stay up - worry about rebuilding in the summer.

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  • January 1, 2015 at 19:28
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    Sorry but with out the Hoff last season we would had been down . height advantage , and he can actually score goals. Fuller a donkey compared to the Hoff.

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  • January 1, 2015 at 19:44
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    Hoff the man to get us buzzing again! Just what we need

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  • January 1, 2015 at 19:45
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    Hoff the man to get us buzzing again! Just what we need

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  • January 8, 2015 at 17:03
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    I'm happy that we've got the big fella back in the team, we need to be more competitive in the air going forward and start converting some crosses and corners. The best thing about the Hoff is that he draws defenders away from other attackers - because of his size, a lot of the time he had 2 players hanging on to him and he still manages to keep his cool, sheild the ball and make the pass. He could be just what we need..
    Hope he can do a job for us, also hope he's eaten a bit of humble pie after the way he left... Just think, if he'd stayed with us for this season, I reckon everybody would be in a better position.. He would've got fitter and played more games than he has done since he left... Scored a few goals and set a few up... Plus, getting a contract elsewhere would've been much more realistic for him!! What was he (and his agent) thinking?!?!?

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