Hoffman: I’ve had a great time at Wigan

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RYAN Hoffman says he will leave Wigan with a raft of good friends and great memories.

The Australian back-rower’s one-season deal with the club came to a disappointing end with defeat against St Helens in the play-offs, ending his hopes of a Grand Final farewell earlier this month.

But he hailed the campaign as a success and thanked fans for making his one year with the club a wonderful experience.

The 27-year-old said: “I’ve had a great time here, I really have. It’s definitely been one of the best decisions that my wife and I have made.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic.

“It would have been nice to finish with a Grand Final, we fell at the last hurdle there, but the year’s still been a big success.

“You look at a bloke like Pat Richards, he was here five years before he won a trophy.

“I was fortunate to come over into a good team and win the Challenge Cup at Wembley in my only year here.

“The fans have been terrific since we’ve got here and they’ve definitely helped make it so enjoyable.”

Hoffman got the chance to join Wigan from Melbourne when the NRL giants needed to ease their salary cap constraints. Linking up with the club on a 12-month deal, he quickly won over fans with some terrific performances.

The former New South Wales ace is heading back to the Storm for 2012, but says he will be keeping an eye on Wigan’s progress from the other side of the world.

And he said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how they go next season.

“I’m quite confident they’ll be successful because all the systems are already well in place.”

Hoffman is one of five confirmed departures from the Warriors this term.

Eamon O’Carroll (Hull FC), Andy Coley, Paul Deacon (both retired) and Karl Pryce (released) will also leave the DW Stadium.