Josh Hoffman is joining the Eels after two seasons with the Titans.
Josh Hoffman is joining the Eels after two seasons with the Titans. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Hoffman slips through to Eels

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Parramatta Eels have signed Josh Hoffman from the Gold Coast Titans on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old Kiwi international was released from the final year of his Titans contract to take up the deal.

Hoffman, who has not missed a match since joining from the Broncos in 2015, said he was grateful for his time with the Titans.

"Thanks to the club for giving me an opportunity to play on the Gold Coast for two years with a great bunch of teammates,” he said.

"It was unfortunate how the season ended for us against Brisbane but the future is looking great for the club moving forward and I wish the Titans the very best.

"I want to thank the members and fans for their support, I really enjoyed the rapport the team has with the fans. And to all the boys; it was a pleasure to play alongside such a great bunch of blokes and such committed and tough players.”

Titans coach Neil Henry paid tribute to Hoffman's efforts with the club.

"I would like to thank Josh for his contribution to the club over the last two seasons,” he said. "He proved a durable and versatile player and certainly contributed to the improvement in our team. I would like to wish him all the best in the next phase of his football career.”

Eels coach Brad Arthur was delighted with the signing.

"Josh brings tremendous NRL experience and can play anywhere from one to six, which ensures our squad will have strong competition across multiple positions,” he said.

"He has been a strong and consistent performer for the Titans over the past couple of years and he will provide a strong contribution to the club from 2017 and beyond.”