Hoffman back for another Storm stint

THIRD SPELL: Ryan Hoffman has agreed to rejoin the Melbourne Storm after a three-year stint in New Zealand with the Warriors.
THIRD SPELL: Ryan Hoffman has agreed to rejoin the Melbourne Storm after a three-year stint in New Zealand with the Warriors. DAVE HUNT

VETERAN backrower Ryan Hoffman will return to Melbourne for a third time after signing a deal with the Storm that will see him finish his career wearing purple.

The 33-year-old has spent the past three seasons with the Warriors before the club decided not to re-sign him beyond 2017.

Hoffman publicly stated his desire to play on, and he has got his wish with the former Australian Test star able to strike up a deal for a Storm swansong.

He started his career with Melbourne in 2003 before moving over to the Super League with Wigan in 2011 for one season after the Storm's salary cap scandal.

He returned to the Storm in 2012 and won a title before making a big-money move across the Tasman to the Warriors in 2015.

With New Zealand international Tohu Harris on his way from Melbourne to Auckland next year, Hoffman is a chance to get the left-edge back-row spot, along with youngster Joe Stimson.

Hoffman's new Storm deal means he will have the chance to become just the fifth player to play 250 games with the club.

In further good news, the club have also confirmed the signing of Patrick Kaufusi, the young brother of Felise and Antonio, on a two-year deal.

"Melbourne Storm are very excited about the continued development of Joe Stimson, who we expect will make a strong claim for Tohu Harris's 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.

"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."

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