Hodgson to leave Giants

Reigning Man of Steel Brett Hodgson will leave Huddersfield at the end of the season, the club has confirmed.

The Giants have offered the full back a one year extension to his contract, but he is expected to join rivals Warrington, citing the security of a two-year deal.

Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: “His form’s outstanding so we offered an extension for a year.

“He wanted the security of two years which we were not prepared to do at this stage so we gave his manager permission to explore the market.”

Hodgson won the Man of Steel award in his first season at the club, after a club-best third placed finish in Super League in a season where they also reached the Challenge Cup final.

Thewlis added: “I think it’s best that we get this situation out into the open immediately so our supporters know what’s going on as these things usually leak out anyway and we have to look at our recruitment plans again for 2011 without Brett in the side.”

Hodgson is expected to replace winger Chris Hicks on Warrington’s overseas quota next season, while current Wolves full-back Richie Mathers has been linked with a move in the opposite direction.

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