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Hodgson signs two-year deal


Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce the re-signing of Evan Hodgson on a two-year deal.

Hodgson initially signed for the Eagles in mid-season and has impressed Director of Rugby Mark Aston enough to be given an extended contract.

The back-rower, who came through the Bradford Bulls Academy before making the move to Newcastle, is glad to have his future sorted in South Yorkshire.

“I am very happy to be staying as I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and enjoyed my time working under Tubbs,” he said.

“I didn’t come not to play and I felt I could add something to the squad.

“I am excited to stay and to be playing at a new stadium is always a nice feeling.

“But I think this year it’s important that we kick on from 2021 as this season there are no excuses!”

Hodgson explained it was an easy decision to stay with the Eagles after Aston offered him the chance to stay for the next couple of years.

“The discussions with Tubbs were very straight forward,” the back-rower added.

“He wanted to keep me and I wanted prove my worth through the last five or so games.

“I’m pleased to have my future sorted for the next two years so I can just focus on my performance and becoming a better player.”

Aston was just as pleased to see Hodgson sign on the dotted line, commenting: “He’s a character and there’s still loads of improvement left in him,”

“He came through a good system at Bradford, there is no doubt about that, and he’s been on a bit of a journey.

“Towards the backend of the season, he really stood up and made people know that he’s a Peter Green/Alex Szostak type.

“He’s tough, uncompromising, and cleans little things up that others may miss. You need those people in and around the squad. He’s at the right sort of age to get better.

“We’re looking for good characters, good people that want to improve and he has demonstrated that.”