Josh Hodgson’s future has now been settled after Wests Tigers turned their attention to Penrith Panthers hooker Api Koroisau.
The deal has been completed for the Grand Final-winning hooker after Wests and Hodgson’s current club Canberra Raiders could not agree on the contract payments.
he Englishman’s future had been one of the main talking points in the off-season, with the Tigers chasing the hooker for months.
However, it has been decided that Hodgson will now stay in the capital next season, according to the Daily Telegraph, after Wests and Canberra failed to come to some sort of agreement in terms of contract – despite a deal being close for over a month.
Both parties were keen to get a deal done, with the Tigers wanting to bring Hodgson in on a two-year contract and the 32-year-old was said to be keen to work under former Wigan Warriors head coach Michael Maguire.
However the clubs have been unable to find middle ground in how they would split Hodgson’s final year of his contract, which is reportedly worth around $800,000.
Wests had a ballpark figure of just over half of that, with Canberra deciding that such an offer would not be worth it.
Instead, Hodgson is now expected to see out his Raiders contract before moving on at the end of 2022, with Wests picking Koroisau to move them around the park.
The Englishman first came to Australian shores at the end of 2015 after spells in Super League with Hull KR and Hull FC.
He quickly established himself as one of the greatest to have made the switch, becoming a firm fans favourite.