Knights sign Hodgson, nephew of star English hooker Josh Hodgson

Newly signed Newcastle Knights player Bailey Hodgson

The family ties will continue in the NRL with Bailey Hodgson to join uncle Josh Hodgson in the NRL, after signing with the Newcastle Knights.

Hodgson’s former club Castleford and the Knights came to an agreement on an undisclosed transfer fee.

Hodgson, who has talent in spades, will likely lean on his uncle for support when it comes to playing regularly in the NRL.

Hodgson’s family praised Castleford on Twitter and highlighted the happy memories he has had at the club.

Hodgson’s deal at the Knights is for three seasons and he will join the club in pre-season after his mandatory quarantine.

An English youth international, the signing of Hodgson gives the Knights some extra depth in their backline for 2021.

The English flavour is growing at the Knights, as he joins compatriot Dominic Young at the club.

Still young and developing, Knights Head of Recruitment Clint Zammit says Hodgson will be given every chance to develop.

“Bailey is an exciting prospect, he is a natural athlete with great balance and footwork,” Zammit said.

“For the past 13 months, I have watched him continue to develop rapidly.

“His willingness to work hard and compete in every aspect has allowed him to play in the Super League, despite his age.

“Whilst he is only young, he will be afforded all the time and resources required to allow him to grow into a player that we anticipate will have a long career at the Knights.”

Although disappointed to see a promising player go, Castleford wishes Hodgson all the best in his NRL adventure.

“We would like to wish Bailey all the best in Australia, it’s a challenge he always wanted to take on,” Castleford’s Head of Youth Performance Darren Higgins said.

“Bailey’s progress is not only great recognition for his own hard work and dedication but for our youth provision with many people involved in this process.

“In particular, Danny Evans has had a profound impact on Bailey’s development, which I know Bailey is really appreciative of.”

Newly signed Newcastle Knights player Bailey Hodgson

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