Hoffman to play on in 2018

Departing Warriors back-rower Ryan Hoffman has confirmed he will play on next season, with the 33-year-old confident he will have his future sorted in the coming days. 

‌Hoffman has played the bulk of his career at the Storm, and Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has left the door open for Hoffman to return to the minor premiers for a third stint, although it remains unclear if that's where he'll end up. 

The 305-game veteran – who spent one season in the English Super League following the Storm's salary cap scandal – refused to rule out a move to the UK. 

"I've got some options and I'll sort it out next week," Hoffman said following his side's 28-16 loss to the Wests Tigers to close out the regular season. 

"I haven't quite sorted it out yet so I'm not in a position to say exactly [what's going on] at the moment, but next week I'll definitely have an answer.

"I'm pulling the boots on next year, don't you worry about that."

There was a sense of unfinished business in Hoffman's eyes as he left Leichhardt Oval on Sunday night and he's adamant he still has plenty to offer after a difficult stint in New Zealand. 

"I'd like to think that in my 15 years in the NRL that I've shown that I'm a professional player," he said. 

"It's hard to talk about yourself but I'd like to think that there's not a lot of difference between my best game and my worst game and that's what I've always strived for as a rugby league player."

Having won grand finals at the Storm in 2007, 2009 and 2012, as well as the Challenge Cup final with Wigan in 2011, success hasn't been so easy to find across the ditch with the Warriors missing out on the playoffs every year Hoffman was there. 

This season was hailed as their best chance to threaten for the title, but not even a star-studded spine could inspire them as the Warriors lost their final nine matches to finish the year in 13th place. 

"It's a season of unfulfilled potential. I could argue that we've had three years of that," he said. 

"I haven't finished off my Warriors career the way I wanted it do, but in saying that I certainly haven't regretted my time in the Warriors jersey. It was the right decision for me to come over and I tried to get this club back up top. There's a feeling of unfinished business but I'm certainly wishing the club all the best for the future.

"It (losing) is certainly not fun. The thing about winning is once you do it, you just want to keep on doing it because you realise how much fun it is. 

"There's certainly a lot of improvement that's needed at this club and I certainly think that Stephen Kearney at the helm is the right man to do that. I really want to see them do well in the future."