Ian Laybourn From: The Daily Telegraph February 04, 2011 11:00PM
AFTER leading the Wests Tigers and Huddersfield with distinction over the past five years, Brett Hodgson is looking forward to reverting to the role of foot soldier. The vastly-experienced former NSW State of Origin fullback was a natural choice to skipper the Giants and he justified the selection in his first year in England by leading them to Wembley and the Super League play-offs.
Hodgson lifted the 2009 Man of Steel award but that was not enough to earn him more than a new 12-month deal with Huddersfield. Warrington coach Tony Smith nipped in to secure his services for the next two years, where he will play under veteran captain Adrian Morley.
Hodgson, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday on the opening day of the season, is excited about the move and happy to relinquish the responsibilities of leadership. “I was very fortunate to be captain for the last five years of my career but Moz is a legend of the game here and in Australia and I’m very, very honoured to play under him,” he said. “I feel very fresh and thankfully they let me have a pre-season back in Australia, which helped me. I feel great.”
Hodgson, whose young family are settled in the north of England, is still a year younger than Morley and hints that he may stay on in Super League at the end of his two-year deal. “I’ll keep my options open,” he said. “The finality of retiring is just too much to even consider at the moment. I might feel differently in six months or 18 months’ time.”
Get back here Hodgo.Im sure theres a job available at Wests Tigers somewhere.Cogger
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Injuries are starting to hurt Hodgo but with the extra responsibility of being Captain now taken away from Brett I’m sure that 2011 will be a stellar year.
2013, where will we see Brett pop up, in the lower divisions of the RFL or back in Oz playing for the Magpies?.
He was pretty much my favorite player. I wonder if he would be interested in coaching or if he would be too nice of a guy.