Warriors secure a huge name in the transfer market.
Australia Test and Origin forward Ryan Hoffman will join the New Zealand Warriors on a three-year deal from next year, the NRL club said Thursday.
Hoffman, 30, leaves Melbourne Storm after playing in four of their five grand finals in the last eight seasons.
He had a one-season stint with Wigan in the English Super League in 2011 when his team-mates included current Warriors Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai.
As well as playing five Tests for the Kangaroos he has made eight Origin appearances for New South Wales including all three matches in last year’s series against Queensland.
“I couldn’t be happier with the chance to move to Auckland next year,” Hoffman said.
“I’ve had a terrific time with Melbourne and obviously I still have a long way to go before I finish here.
“The Warriors are such a tough side to play against and I really look forward to being part of the club once I get there.”
Warriors general manager of football Dean Bell said Hoffman’s signing ranked as one of the most significant in the club’s history.
“Ryan’s achievements, his longevity and his durability separate him as one of the game’s top players of this era,” he said.