Former Castleford Tigers man could be set for big season in NRL as he trains he key position

The Newcastle Knights have been making headlines recently with regards to their pursuit of Super League players.

It was recently confirmed that Huddersfield Giants youngster Will Pryce would be leaving the club for the NRL in 2024 and would be joined at the Knights by Wigan Warriors star Kai Pearce-Paul at the end of the up coming Super League season.

Bevan French of Wigan had also been linked with a move to the Knights as had Salford Red Devils halfback Brodie Croft until they moved for ex-Wigan Warriors halfback Jackson Hastings who is a former Great Britain international.

They already have a Huddersfield Giants youngster in their squad in the shape of England star Dom Young who has developed into a superb winger at the Knights coming through reserve grade to be a top notch NRL flyer. They are also said to be preparing a new deal for Young.

Alongside Young is former Castleford Tigers youngster Bailey Hodgson. The fullback made one appearance for the Tigers in 2020 against Hull KR prior to joining the Knights.

He is yet to feature in an NRL game for the club and has struggled with injuries during his time down under.

There had been rumours that Castleford were considering a move to bring him back to the Jungle but it now seems his NRL career is about to get off the ground as he was confirmed as being part of Newcastle’s all important top 30 for 2023.

The top 30 is an important accolade for any player hoping to play in the NRL and Hodgson has been confirmed as part of the Knights’ as they prepare for the new season.

Now it has been revealed by Adam O’Brien of the Knights on SEN Radio that Hodgson has been training at fullback as the Knights look for a fullback to allow Kayln Ponga to join Hastings in the halves for 2023.

Dane Gagai and Tyson Gamble have also been training at fullback. But Hodgson, as a natural in the position, has a strong chance of cementing a place there.

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