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Melbourne Storm have sprung a surprise by naming Ryan Hoffman in their 21-man squad for Friday night's blockbuster against the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park.

Hoffman has amazed medical staff with his rehabilitation to put himself in a position to be named in the 21 man squad for Friday night. He must however get through Thursday's Captain's Run before he is considered for final selection. 

The veteran suffered a rupture to the central tendon in his left hamstring back in Round 22.

With no AFL in town and the chance to farewell two living legends in Billy Slater and Ryan Hoffman, make sure you are there for a special night at AAMI Park.

Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers
Friday 31 August
7.59pm, AAMI Park

1. Billy Slater
2. Justin Olam
3. Cheyse Blair
4. Curtis Scott
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Brodie Croft
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith ©
10. Tim Glasby
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Joe Stimson
13. Dale Finucane

14. Kenny Bromwich
15. Christian Welch
16. Tui Kamikamica
17. Sam Kasiano
18. Ryan Hoffman
19. Jahrome Hughes
20. Albert Vete
21. Ryley Jacks

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.