Hodgson makes Rovers move

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed hooker Josh Hodgson from Hull FC on a two-year deal from the start of 2010.

The 19-year-old has been playing for Hull’s reserve team and has made two first-team appearances.

Hodgson will be Rovers’ second-choice hooker after Ben Fisher as Daniel Fitzhenry is returning to Australia at the end of the season.

“I was offered a chance to stay at Hull FC but I decided to go Rovers because I think I’ll have an opportunity to play more first-team rugby,” said Hodgson.

“It’s been a really tough decision and an emotional one and at Hull they’ve got a lot of good young hookers and a lot of good back rowers as well, so I think there’s more chance of breaking into the first team at Rovers.”

Rovers boss Justin Morgan said he expected Hodgson to be a success at Craven Park.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on Josh for a number of years now”, said the coach. “I think he’s developed over the last couple of years and I think he’ll add substantially to our squad.”

Morgan added: “He’s got the desire to be part of a team that’s going to be pushing for trophies and we expect him to have a long Super League career in a red and white jersey.”

Earlier this week the Robins announced the signing of Matt Cook from Bradford Bulls.

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