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The Brisbane Broncos have opened negotiations with Josh Hoffman as the club moves to keep the fullback sensation away from the clutches of Queensland rivals the Gold Coast Titans.

The Sunday Mail has learnt Hoffman is in the sights of the embattled Gold Coast and coach John Cartwright has contacted the Kiwi Test hopeful’s management in recent weeks to inquire about his contract status.

Hoffman has been in red-hot form and would be the perfect recruitment target for the Titans, whose fullback stocks have taken a hit following Luke Capewell’s signing with the Broncos and Preston Campbell’s impending retirement.

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But ahead of Hoffman’s backfield duel with Souths tryscoring machine Nathan Merritt today at Suncorp Stadium, Broncos hierarchy insist their fullback ace is going nowhere.

Currently contracted until the end of next season, Hoffman is likely to receive a minimum two-year extension, keeping him at the Broncos until the end of 2014. Broncos operations chief Andrew Gee said the club could not be happier with Hoffman, who has been a revelation filling the fullback void left by Karmichael Hunt’s defection to AFL’s Gold Coast Suns.

Currently contracted until the end of next season, Hoffman is likely to receive a minimum two-year extension, keeping him at the Broncos until the end of 2014. Broncos operations chief Andrew Gee said the club could not be happier with Hoffman, who has been a revelation filling the fullback void left by Karmichael Hunt’s defection to AFL’s Gold Coast Suns.

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