Tristan Noack-Hofmann pictured in league action for Longford Town against Wexford at City Calling Stadium in July last season. Photo: Syl Healy
Tristan Noack-Hofmann is only 20 years old but the resolute defender is currently one of the longest serving Longford Town players as he prepares for his fourth season with the club.
Hailing from Arva in neighbouring county Cavan, Tristan is delighted to have been given a chance to play for his local team and is enjoying every minute of it.
“I have been playing with the club for the past few years and really enjoying the experience. The previous manager Tony Cousins gave me a chance. I had a good game when I started out and the rest as they say is history.
“It’s good to play week in week out. You know the people around the ground. You recognise most faces and it’s a nice thing to play in your locality. It gives you a bit of a buzz.”
Noack-Hofmann said that playing gaelic football has helped with the physical side of his soccer pedigree.
“I don’t think I have ever come off a gaelic pitch not feeling sore but physically wise as a young person it helps you so much.
“It gives you a far higher threshold. All those sports are interrelated. The technicalities are very similar and I enjoy both sports.”
Longford Town get their season underway this Friday night with an away trip to take on Limerick who were relegated from the Premier Division last year. Tristan knows they will not get it easy at the Markets Field.
“Limerick have always been a good club and it’s a proud football city. I remember going down there with the Longford Kennedy Cup side years ago.
“Limerick have a good squad in the Airtricity League and after coming down from the Premier Division they will be determined to bounce back. We have to try and match them and see how it goes.”
With most teams in the First Division putting together strong sides this year’s race for promotion will be a most intriguing battle. Tristan believes it will be tight and consistency is the key for promotion.
“It is going to be very tight with a lot of good teams. Bray and Shels are looking strong and we had a good pre-season.
“You never know though how it is going to go. It depends on who hits form at the right time; who is consistent throughout the season.
“Last year we hit patches of form but not enough in the end to claim a place in the promotion play-offs.”
There are a lot of changes in the Town squad this season with manager Neale Fenn busy in the transfer market.
Fenn has assembled a side which the Longford supporters are hoping can get them back into the Premier Division. Noack-Hofmann feels the club can have a good season.
“We have a good squad. We are all working well together and have a strong team spirit. We have young lads mixed in with experienced players. It’s a good blend and I think we will do well this season.”