Canberra Raiders’ Josh Hodgson’s Eyes Wests Tigers Move | The Canberra Times

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The Canberra Raiders have given star hooker Josh Hodgson permission to explore his options as the Wests Tigers circle around the English international. Hodgson’s management approached the Raiders late last week for consent to look around. He has now reportedly been offered a two-year deal with the Tigers to negotiate his release from Green Machine. The 31-year-old signed a contract with Canberra next season but would not be offered a new deal beyond that. Hodgson is highly regarded within the Raiders walls, and there is a sense that his quality and leadership would fit perfectly with the fighting tigers. Although it is far from a final deal, there is a sense that the move can be resolved quickly, provided Tigre can reach agreement with Canberra’s hierarchy. His departure would continue the update of the Raiders forward package following the departures of Sia Soliola (retired), Dunamis Lui (without contract), Siliva Havili (South Sydney) and Ryan James (Brisbane Broncos). The Raiders have just extended and upgraded Tom Starling’s contract to the end of 2023 with a mutual option for ’24, in a sign that he was seen as their long-term option on the dummy half. It came when the Raiders landed Gold Coast halfback Jamal Fogarty to replace the loss of George Williams, who returned to England due to homesickness halfway through the season. That would see the Raiders have a new backbone next year with Fogarty joining fifteenth Jack Wighton in the halves and a fully fit Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad at fullback after missing most of the campaign in 2021 due to a serious neck injury. MORE RAIDERS NEWS Apart from Starling, Canberra have young No. Adam Trevilyan on their books and would have three spots on their list if Hodgson were to leave. The Raiders have been offered former Titans hooker Mitch Rein, who is out of contract until next year but has been linked with Parramatta Eels. Starle’s emergence would potentially cause Hodgson to drop the hooker pick order in the capital. The English national team player has played 137 NRL matches since joining the Raiders prior to the 2015 NRL season. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart used him as the No. 9 starter before switching him to the lock and bringing Starling off the bench. Hodgson resigned from the Raiders co-captain midway through the 2021 season after being dropped from the starting lineup. He also spoke in support of Williams, who was looking for a release to return home. Some saw it as an attack on the club, but Hodgson said he just stabbed his partner. His release, after seven seasons in the capital, would open up a little salary cap space as well as an extra spot on the Raiders’ 2022 list.

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