Veteran returns to the Storm for a final swansong

Ryan Hoffman

A favourite son of many for years during his time there, the Melbourne Storm have re-signed veteran Ryan Hoffman for the 2018 season.

In what will be Hoffman’s swansong, the back-rower has been a revered figure by many and he has the opportunity to become just the fifth player to play in 250 games for the Storm.

A staple of their previous premiership winning sides, Hoffman was awarded life membership at the club in 2013 and the club is ecstatic to have him for his experience and leadership once again.

“The Melbourne Storm are very excited about the continued development of Joe Stimson, who we expect will make a strong claim for Tohu Harris’ spot in the second row,” Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said.

“Ryan Hoffman is going to add some much-needed experience and leadership to the squad.”

With Patrick Kaufusi also signing until the end of 2019 to join brother Felise at the club, Ponissi believes the two will greatly benefit the Storm’s forwards rotation.

“Having lost three forwards from our Grand Final team in Jordan McLean, Tohu Harris and Slade Griffin, we believe Hoffman and Kaufusi are valuable inclusions that will help offset the departure of that trio,” continued Ponissi.

“Along with a host of current Storm players, both Patrick and Ryan will be pressing hard for a position in our starting 17.”

 

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