Ryan Hoffman wanted at least one more year at the Warriors

Departing Warrior Ryan Hoffman admits to being "very disappointed" upon hearing that 2017 was going to be his last year at the NRL club - and says he still has a lot to offer the game.

Hoffman captained the Warriors in 2016 but has been informed by new coach Steven Kearney that his services won't be required beyond this year. 

"I was very disappointed," Hoffman told journalists.

"I enjoy playing for this club and I certainly enjoyed leading this club.

"[It's disappointing] any time you get told that you're not going to be the captain or the club's going in a different way.

"I was keen to stay one more year but the club's made their decision, they were upfront, as a footy player you accept it and move on."

At 33 years of age, Hoffman said he wasn't ready to give up the ghost, expressing a strong desire to play beyond 2017.

"Nothing's going to change for me on or off the paddock, what I'm doing. I'm keen to play again next year and I'm really looking forward to putting the boots on somewhere.

"I've got options open. Like I said, I'm not ready to finish playing rugby league, I still think I've got quite a bit to offer so I'm keen to play again."

Ryan Hoffman
Hoffman leading the team off the field in 2016 (Getty image)

The decorated Hoffman - who earned 14 appearances for New South Wales as well as six Test appearances for Australia - threw his whole support behind new captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who will lead the team for the first time in their trial match against the Melbourne Storm this weekend.

"Decisions have been made for the betterment of the club and what the club wants to go towards so you certainly can't begrudge that and they've picked a great leader in Roger.

"I think he's going to be an extremely enthusiastic [captain]. He's a young bloke, if you see the way he plays, he's a very excitable bloke, he wants to get up and be around the boys.

"He'll probably be a bit more of a different captain than I was but maybe that's something the group needs."

When asked how he'd find having to hide his disappointment in leaving the club during the upcoming year, Hoffman was straight up.

"It's really easy, I'm a professional rugby league player and the focus of a professional rugby league player is getting the results. If that's what Steve thinks is the best way to get the results, I'm 100 percent for it."

Hoffman will be a straight swap for the Storm's Tohu Harris, who will join the club at the end of the season.