Josh Hodgson has been one of the best English hookers of this century but it is easy to forget hi when considering the top English nines seen as though we haven’t seen him play in England since 2015.
He made his debut with Hull FC in 2009 but after only two appearances joined Hull KR where he made 134 appearances prior to leaving the club at the end of 2014.
Hodgson joined the Canberra Raiders helping start their flurry of signings from Super League including Wigan Warriors stars John Bateman and George Williams who have both since returned to Super League with Bateman back at Wigan and Williams with Warrington Wolves.
Whilst at Canberra, Hodgsson developed into one of the best nines in the NRL and even captained the side.
In 2019, he helped the Raiders to the Grand Final where they came up short against the Melbourne Storm.
However, last year he was struck by injury as he picked up an ACL injury.
This was made doubly painful by the fact it was his last season with the green machine as he heads for NRL Grand Finalists Parramatta Eels in 2023.
Hodgson though has now made his long awaited return from injury this week returning to full training during Parramatt’s pre-season as they hope to go one better than last season.