Ryan Hoffman played at the highest level of rugby league for 14 years.
“The Hoff” was a talisman for Melbourne Storm, played for the Australian national team, and also played for Wigan Warriors in the Super League.
He returned to Melbourne Storm to finish his playing career, and is now Melbourne Storm’s Football Operations Coordinator.
Can you tell us a little bit about your current role at Melbourne Storm?
Currently I’m the Football Operation Co-Ordinator of the Melbourne Storm. I work under Frank Ponissi, our Football Director.
You have a long-standing affinity to the club, you started your long and illustrious career at Storm, can you remember pulling on the purple jersey for the first time? What was that like, to turn pro with such a huge team?
I moved to Melbourne from Sydney straight out of High School, and made my debut in Round 6 of that season. It was Craig’s first year coaching, and the club certainly wasn’t the powerhouse it is now. For me it was just rewarding a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but what it did do was reinforce that I wasn’t going to be happy with just 1 NRL game, I wanted a long career.