2022-04-20 03:53:00

Eels recruit Josh Hodgson has set the record straight regarding his contract with his new club while also revealing his desire to win a premiership.

The 32-year-old’s 138-game career with his beloved Raiders came to an end after he suffered a partial ACL tear which required a knee reconstruction.

It was initially reported by the Sydney Morning Herald the Parramatta Eels have an option in their favour to trigger the final season of the two-year deal which begins in 2023, but Hodgson clarified the situation.

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“There is an option in both favours so I have got two years, there is a player option and a club option in that one, so I am there for two years just to clear that one up,” Hodgson said on the Fox League podcast.

“I heard about the story, but there’s an option in my favour and in the club’s favour which is obviously different in salaries, that’s why it is negotiated like that but there is an option in both favours so it will be a two-year deal.”

After coming desperately close in 2019, the Englishmen explained that many would have medically retired in his situation, but a “burning desire” remains to win a premiership.

Hodgson’s newest injury is the third knee operation he has endured in a lengthy NRL career which began in 2015 and he isn’t shying away from what people may think of him.

“For me I am not stupid, I know the way I’d think about someone who is 32, after he had done a third knee, going to a new club, probably if I am at that club and I don’t really know me, I am probably thinking why are we signing him at 32 and letting someone go,” Hodgson explained.


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Canberra star Josh Hodgson helped off the field after suffering a knee injury in their season-opening win over Cronulla. Credit: NRL Images.Source: The Daily Telegraph

“I understand people thinking that way, but when people think that way it just makes me work even harder.

“It makes me want to go even harder into my training and want to prove people wrong even more so.

“That’s what I kind of thrive off, I have got the love of the game, I do genuinely love it as much as I did when I was a kid and If I didn’t have that then I probably would retire.

“I actually love what I do, I never see it as a job I see it as a lifestyle, you have got to live it but to me it is a paid hobby, I go to training every day and at the end of the day I want to win.

“I want to win a comp and I still have that burning desire to win it and I will never retire unless I have given absolutely everything into trying to do that.

“They (Parramatta) are a good team and I am sure I can add a lot there which is why I went there.

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“I have a lot of pride about myself, if I didn’t think I could do it, I wouldn’t be trying to but for me I have a good few years in me yet.

“I am 32 I have just done my third knee, I could have medically retired if I’d have wanted to, I don’t need to be going again if I didn’t want to but it’s that burning desire and the want to win, the want to try and win a premiership is why I will always want to go again.”

Hodgson’s new club were downed by the Tigers in an epic field-goal finish on Easter monday as Michael Maguire’s side recorded their first win of the 2022 season.

Meanwhile the Raiders gave away a 12-0 halftime lead in a loss against the Cowboys.

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