Perhaps in a surprise to many, former NRL and Super League player Brett Hodgson has been appointed as the new head coach of Hull FC.
Hodgson, a premiership winner with the Wests Tigers in 2005, has a storied playing career.
He donned the Tigers jersey, as well as playing for Western Suburbs, the Parramatta Eels, and New South Wales.
Since his retirement, the enigmatic fullback has made the move into coaching.
Most recently, Hodgson was an assistant coach at the Wests Tigers as well as the head coach of the Western Suburbs Magpies, the Tigers feeder side.
Hodgson is also a former Man of Steel and will utilise all his experience in the new role that awaits him.
“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,” said Hodgson.
“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 there.”
Having previously worked in England, Hodgson is no stranger to the game as a player and a coach.
In the end, Hodgson was waiting for the right opportunity and jumped at the chance to coach Hull FC.
“I have had opportunities at other clubs but have been waiting for the right option,” continued Hodgson.
“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.”
Hodgson will arrive in early December.