Yesterday, the world of rugby league was hit with the news that Brett Hodgson had left Hull FC by mutual consent.
It ended a two-year spell for the former Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants fullback at the MKM Stadium with two pretty below-par seasons in charge.
Hull finished in eighth in 2021 and ninth in 2022, falling well below the standards set by owner Adam Pearson and the Black and Whites’ faithful.
Pearson, yesterday, wrote: “On behalf of the board, staff and supporters of Hull FC, I would like to thank Brett for the commitment and dignity he has demonstrated during his two years with the club.
“Brett joined us during a period of transition and the disruption caused by Covid-19, as well as facing further challenges presented by injuries and suspensions.
“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway, with a focused shortlist to identify the right person to get the best out of our senior squad, but also someone who will continue to embrace our long-term strategy from grassroots to first-team.
“We are encouraged by the progress of our academy and Centre of Excellence programme, plus the investment in a new multi-million pound training centre – but we recognise that delivering a competitive team on a consistent basis at first-team level is crucial to underpinning everything at the club.
“We are confident of making a prompt appointment following the recruitment process and remain focused on improving performance at first-team level to meet the expectation of our supporters and stakeholders.
“I would like to thank all of our members, supporters and corporate partners for their continued unwavering support.”
Now, though, what or who beckons for Brett Hodgson?
Serious About Rugby League understands that one of his former clubs are particularly interested in the former fullback’s signature.
It’s no surprise that the Wests Tigers have come calling for their former hero. After a successful playing career with the Concord club where he won the NRL Grand Final in 2005, Hodgson even joined the club back in 2018 as assistant coach and boss of the feeder side, the Western Suburbs Magpies.
It would make sense for the ex-fullback to return to where he is most loved and be part of the Benji Marshall revolution that is set to take place at Concord. With the duo playing together for a number of years, the relationship has already been established and it would be a move that suits both parties.