The former Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman has announced he will retire from the National Rugby League competition at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has played 319 games across 16 seasons in the NRL, 12 of which were played in three separate stints with the Melbourne Storm.

He joined the Warriors in 2015 playing three seasons with the Auckland club and making 60 appearances before returning to Melbourne for this season.

Hoffman played six tests for Australia and the last of his 14 Origin games for New South Wales in 2014.

“I’ve been lucky to have lived out my boyhood dream and make a career out of rugby league for 16 years,” Hoffman said in a statement.

“I feel I have achieved everything I can in the game and while it was hard to say the words out loud for the first time, I’m very content with the decision.

“I haven’t lost my love for the game, however I knew my time as a player was finished and I know this is the right decision.”

He will take up an administrative role in the Melbourne club next season.

Hoffman completed a business degree during his playing time and in the off-season will undertake further studies at Harvard University.

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