The New Zealand Warriors informed veteran second-rower Ryan Hoffman that he is not a required player in 2018.
Hoffman, 33, joined the Warriors from the Melbourne Storm at the end of the 2014 on a 3-year deal which was believed to be worth $1.6 million.
The Newcastle Knights are considering to offer Hoffman a life-line for the 2018 season, as Coach Nathan Brown believes Hoffman would provide a perfect role model for his talented young group of players, on and off the field.
The Knights initial target Matt Scott is no longer a viable option foe Newcastle after injury his ACL that has ruled him out for the entire 2017 season and now the Knights have move their focus onto Hoffman.
Hoffman had a successful career at the Storm where he played 245 games and was part of their grand final success.
It is also understood that a number of Super League clubs have shown interest in the 33-year old, with the Wigan Warriors leading the pack of potential landings in the Super League.
Hoffman had success at the Wigan Warriors in 2011, helping the side to defeat Leeds 28-18 in the Challenge Cup Final.
Hoffmans’ preference would be to remain in Australia and in the NRL, which has the Knights in the driving seat to secure the former Australian and NSW representative
Hoffman has made 323 first class appearances (NRL: 289 and SL 34) since making his debut with the Melbourne Storm in the 2003 season.