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Retiring Storm great Hoffman not giving up on Finals dream

14 August 2018 10:38

Retiring Melbourne Storm great Ryan Hoffman will do all he can to play a part in the NRL Finals series after suffering a hamstring injury, football director Frank Ponissi said.

Hoffman was hurt in the closing stages of Sunday's 17-14 reverse to the Cronulla Sharks and scans have confirmed a rupture to the central tendon in his left hamstring.

The injury typically requires an eight-week rehabilitation period and, with the NRL Grand Final taking place on September 30, there is every chance the 34-year-old has played in his last match.

But Ponissi insists Hoffman – who returned for a third spell with the club after a two-year stint with the New Zealand Warriors at the start of the season – will fight for the chance to help the Storm win a second consecutive Grand Final.

"Whilst it will be difficult for Hoffy to return before the end of the season, we have no doubt he will do everything in his power to make that a possibility," he told the club's official website.

"Hoffy has shown nothing but class and professionalism throughout his 16 years at the highest level and there is no reason why this final month or so will be any different."

Only Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk can boast more Storm appearances than Hoffman's 267.

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