Kaufusi joins Hoffman at Storm

11 October 2017 22:37:15 GMTPlus11
Ryan Hoffman

Melbourne Storm will have three Kaufusi brothers in their squad for next season, as they look to successfully defend their NRL title.

Patrick Kaufusi has signed, on the same day the club brought Ryan Hoffman back for a spell that will take him past the 250-mark in Melbourne.

Ryan Hoffman is going to add some much needed experience and leadership to the squad.

Frank Ponissi

Hoffman was just five games short of that milestone when he left in 2014, but the 33-year-old will now get the chance to become just the fifth player in history to play 250 games for the Storm.

His first stint at the club came between 2003-2010, and this will be his third go with the Storm.

Hoffman was made a life member of the club in 2013 and won three grand finals with the Storm before moving to the Warriors.

He's been joined there by 23-year-old Tongan international Kaufusi, who will join older brothers Felise and Antonio at the club after leaving North Queensland.

Football director Frank Ponissi said: "Ryan Hoffman is going to add some much needed experience and leadership to the squad.

"Having lost three forwards from our Grand Final team in Jordan McLean, Tohu Harris and Slade Griffin, we believe Hoffman and Kaufusi are valuable inclusions that will help offset the departure of that trio.

"Along with a host of current Storm players, both Patrick and Ryan will be pressing hard for a position in our starting 17."

Patrick Kaufusi is an Auckland-born prop who played 22 games over three seasons with North Queensland.

He played for Tonga in this year's Pacific Test against Fiji but it ended badly as he broke his foot which ruled him out for the rest of the NRL season.

Melbourne Storm are 7.00 to win the 2018 grand final.

The Storm are 1.25 to finish in the top eight.

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