26th November 2020, 08:07 | Hull
Hull FC have named Brett Hodgson as their new Head Coach ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
Hodgson will arrive in December leaving his current roles of Assistant Coach at NRL side Wests Tigers, as well as Head Coach of their feeder side Western Suburb Magpies.
The Australian was named as the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel back in 2009 following a fantastic season with Huddersfield Giants before moving on to Warrington Wolves with whom he won the Coral Challenge Cup, as well as taking the Lance Todd Trophy for a Player of the Match performance in 2012.
Prior to moving to England, Hodgson had won the NRL Grand Final in 2005 with Wests Tigers while being named as the best fullback in the competition. He also featured for New South Wales in the State of Origin Series between 2002 and 2006.
The former Exiles representative retired in 2013 and was a coaching consultant with the Black and Whites as well as spending time as a coach at Widnes Vikings, Sale Sharks and Wests Tigers.
Hodgson said: “I’m very excited – I spent nine years over in England playing in Super League and then moving into coaching, with one of those years as a consultant at Hull FC so I know some of the people at the club already.
“It is a fantastic club with real pedigree and ambition, so I’m excited to be heading back and hopefully helping such a prestigious club to achieve some success.
“To come back to Super League where I spent a large chunk of my career and join a high-profile side was too good to turn down – I really enjoy the style of football over here.
“Hull demands success, and that’s what I’m about. With the staff and players we have, and the support of the great fans there, I’m really excited about what we can achieve together over the next couple of years.
“I have had opportunities at other clubs but have been waiting for the right option, but with the experience of the club and Super League previously, Hull FC is just a too good opportunity to turn down.
“There are some areas of the team we can strengthen, but on the whole, I think that the squad is good, and we have some real depth, with some very exciting players I’m looking forward to working with.
“Hull FC have probably the most passionate fan-base in the game, and we’re hoping to have some real success for them.”
Hull FC Chairman, Adam Pearson, added: “Brett is recognised in Australia as on the brightest, up and coming coaches in the NRL and having turned down other opportunities we are privileged to get him at this point in his career.
“We had an extensive list of applications from varying backgrounds, but Brett has emerged from a thorough process as the standout candidate for what we were looking for, in particular his passion for the sport, his ideas and aspirations in the role and what he feels we can achieve as a club.
“He made a fantastic impression during his time with us previously and he is held in very high regards at Wests Tigers, so we are delighted to have secured his services.
“We are pleased to be heading into a new chapter for the club with Brett at the helm and we are excited about the direction he wants to take us in.
“We will be looking to work with Brett and our talented group of staff to create the best possible environment for the team to be successful and this may include some further additions to our staff in the future.”