Canberra Raiders have made a statement regarding the exit of Josh Hodgson after seven seasons at the club.
Hodgson will be moving to the Parramatta Eels when his contract runs out with the Raiders at the end of the 2022 NRL season following an intense amount of speculation.
The England international had been linked with a move to the Wests Tigers for months, but talks broke down over contracts and fees – and Hodgson made it painfully obvious that he was not interested in a move to Super League.
Instead, the Eels have snapped up the 32-year-old as a direct replacement for the outgoing Reed Mahoney, who will join the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2023.
Raiders CEO Don Furner said the club would like to take the opportunity to thank Hodgson for his commitment to the club over the years.
“Josh Hodgson arrived from England in 2015 with little fanfare and developed into a great player and leader at this club.
“He led the way for a wave of UK players who joined the Raiders and helped turn the Club around.
“His record which includes three Preliminary finals, and one Grand Final is something he can be proud of,” Furner said.
“We’re very fortunate to have Josh for the 2022 season and we know his professionalism, experience and football ability will be a huge asset for us this season before he departs.”