It’s fair to say that Hull FC have endured a difficult season in Super League in 2022.
With expectation around the MKM Stadium high at the beginning of the year – as has been customary in East Yorkshire since Adam Pearson took over the club – the dismal ninth-placed finish that Brett Hodgson’s side have managed this season has of course led to disgruntlement amongst the Black and Whites faithful.
That has reportedly led to growing speculation surrounding Hodgson’s position at the club.
One BBC Radio Humberside reporter, Mike White, tweeted: “Aware of growing speculation regarding Brett Hodgson’s position.
“Nobody from the club available for any sort of comment – denial or confirmation.
“However, his future is understandably (but not surprisingly) in question according to well-placed sources.”
Aware of growing speculation regarding Brett Hodgson’s position.
Nobody from the club available for any sort of comment – denial or confirmation.
— Mike White (@mikewhitesport) September 4, 2022
Hodgson joined the Hull club ahead of the 2021 Super League season, but has endured difficulty in his first head coaching role, finishing in eighth in 2021 and ninth in 2022.
The 44-year-old enjoyed a stellar playing career with the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers, with whom he won the 2005 NRL premiership.
He played in the Super League for the Huddersfield Giants, winning the 2009 Man of Steel Award, and the Warrington Wolves, with whom he won both the Challenge Cup and the Lance Todd Trophy.
In his time in charge of the Black and Whites, Hodgson has won under 40% of the games he has faced, but with the Australian already recruiting for 2023 it’s hard to fathom the Hull board cutting ties.
Newcastle Knights’ Tex Hoy, Castleford Tigers halfback Jake Trueman and Leeds Rhinos pair Brad Dwyer and Liam Sutcliffe will be a part of the Hull squad in 2023 with Hodgson obviously having a key role in getting those deals over the line.
That being said, Pearson wants a trophy-winning side and since 2017 the trophy cabin has been bare, but it will be interesting to see what direction the Black and Whites will go in during the off-season.