8 Feb 2017

Hoffman expresses disappointment over captaincy loss

3:16 pm on 8 February 2017

Sacked Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman says he was disappointed to lose the role but believes the move may well benefit the club.

The 23 year old fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck,will take over this season after coach Stephen Kearney decided change was needed to halt their five-year run of finals misses.

Hoffman was surprised when told of his demotion and also learnt he wouldn't be needed in 2018 when Kiwis forward Tohu Harris arrives from the Melbourne on a four year deal.

Ryan Hoffman ponders the Warriors disappointing 2016 season.

Ryan Hoffman ponders the Warriors disappointing 2016 season. Photo: Photosport

"It was very disappointing. I've enjoyed playing for this club and leading this club," Hoffman said.

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

The former Kangaroos and New South Wales forward believes he has plenty to offer another club next year but in the meantime has assured Tuivasa-Sheck of his full support.

At 33, Hoffman is an NRL veteran but feels Tuivasa-Sheck's youth and vitality might prove beneficial.

It will certainly be a different style of captaincy.

"I told things the way they were at certain times last year," Hoffman said.

"Roger's going to be very positive about the way he goes about it. It could be a generational thing, the way he's always bouncing around."