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FOX Sports’ new 24/7 rugby league channel, Fox League, is the answer to NRL fans’ long-held prayers but for former Brisbane, Queensland and Australian centre Justin Hodges it is another opportunity to challenge himself.
“Football always came easy. As a professional league player you knew you didn’t have to try too hard as it came naturally, but to be on TV and to host and be a part of something as big as Fox Sports is massive and it’s something that will put me out of my comfort zone,” he says.
“That’s something I look forward to, challenging myself. It’s a perfect role.”
Hodges retired at the end of the 2015 season, which culminated with the 251-game veteran playing in a goldenpoint grand final loss against the North Queensland Cowboys, and has spent the 18 months since adjusting to his new life.
He made his first move to the small screen last year as cohost of NITV’s League Nation Live and will this year be one of the faces of the newest inclusion to the Fox Sports stable, alongside Matty Johns, Yvonne Sampson (pictured) and an extensive line-up of league legends including Corey Parker, Mal Meninga, Kevin Walters and Gorden Tallis.
Hodges said he found the transition from field to screen tough at first but it was the perfect step for a 34-year-old who thrives on setting – and smashing – challenges.
“The first three or four weeks being on live TV were a challenge, you always have to be mindful of what you say as it’s live TV,” he said.
“It was something that really grew and something I loved doing; getting on TV and talking footy, which is something I love and I’m very passionate about.”
League Nation Live was discontinued for 2017, though Hodges will take the lessons he picked up on the weekly show and apply them to his new role at Fox League. Fox League is on Foxtel’s channel 502 now
Fox commentator Justin Hodges.