Hodgson set for two more years

English hooker Josh Hodgson has signed a new two-year deal with Canberra Raiders that will keep him at the NRL club until the end of the 2018 season.

Hodgson joined the Raiders at the start of 2015 from Hull KR.

The 26-year old impressed in his first season in the NRL and quickly became a key part of Ricky Stuart’s team.

Hodgson said it was an easy decision to re-sign with Canberra.

“It’s great to get something sorted for the next few years. It will take me to the end of 2018, which is great for me and great for my family,” Hodgson said.

“The club was eager for me to stay and I was eager to stay as well because I love it here in Canberra. As I have always said I’ve found a real home away from home here. It’s great to get something sorted and get it locked in.

“When I first came here there wasn’t as much belief that we could make a real go at things. It has really turned around now and the feeling about the place is really good.

“I’m thankful we have a good team here, good coaches and a great setup. I think there’s some exciting things to come in the next few of years, and I’m massively excited to be a part of that.”

Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner said the club was thrilled to have Hodgson remain with the club and said he’d exceeded expectations since arriving in Canberra.

“We had high hopes for Josh when we recruited him from the English Super League at the beginning of last year and he has delivered over and above in terms of what he brings to the club both on and off the field,” Furner said.

“We see Josh as one of the clubs most important players as we continue to bring stability to the NRL squad and to have him sign with us until the end of 2018 helps us build a squad which we believe will be successful.”

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