Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman still holds Melbourne Storm 'very dear to his heart'

Ryan Hoffman joined the Warriors in 2015.
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Ryan Hoffman joined the Warriors in 2015.

Ryan Hoffman admits he holds Melbourne "very, very dear to his heart", as the Storm make a play a play to lure the Warriors second-rower back to Victoria.

The 33-year-old Hoffman is set to leave Auckland at the end of the season after three years in which the club failed to make the NRL finals.

Melbourne has been touted as a future destination for the former NSW and Kangaroos representative, having played 11 seasons there.

Hoffman, left, returns from injury this weekend against Canberra Raiders.
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Hoffman, left, returns from injury this weekend against Canberra Raiders.

Storm director of football Frank Ponissi told Australian media this week that the club would love to re-sign Hoffman for a final season, with Kiwis back-rower Tohu Harris heading in the other direction.

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Hoffman said he had a number of options for what would likely be the final year of his playing career, and confirmed the Storm was one of them.

Hoffman is waving goodbye to the Warriors and his former club Melbourne Storm could be an option.
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Hoffman is waving goodbye to the Warriors and his former club Melbourne Storm could be an option.

Various reports have also linked Hoffman to Super League outfit Catalans Dragons, where ex-Warriors assistant Steve McNamara is head coach.

"I've got some really good options out there and we're currently working through them now," Hoffman said.

"Certainly, I hold Melbourne very, very dear to my heart."

Hoffman, who has played 301 career NRL games, said his first priority when choosing his next club would be the best interests of his family, and giving his two young children the best possible experience.

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He then hoped to follow Ponissi's lead and become a club director.

However, finishing the Warriors' 2017 campaign on a high note was his immediate focus, with the club set to miss their sixth-straight NRL finals series.

Removed from the captaincy at the start of the season, Hoffman has made 15 appearances under Stephen Kearney, scoring six tries.

He'll return to the first-grade fold for this weekend's clash with Canberra in Auckland after six weeks out with a foot injury.

"I want to finish off my time here at the club on a good note, and that's through good performances - that's the only way," Hoffman said.

 - AAP

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