THE JOUR­NEY­MAN WHO BE­CAME A CHAM­PION CLUB­MAN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

Age: 38

Born: New­cas­tle, NSW

■ Mar­ried to Sally with two daugh­ters, Neve and Isla, the sec­ond of whom was born on the Gold Coast.

NRL de­but: 1998, Par­ra­matta against South Syd­ney

NRL teams: Par­ra­matta (20 games, 1998-00); Can­berra (98 games, 2001-06); Gold Coast (35 games, 2007-08); Can­ter­bury (51 games, 2009-11).

Ca­reer win-loss: 95-106 (46.57

per cent)

■ Cur­rent Bull­dogs coach Dean Pay was cap­tain of the Eels side Hodg­son de­buted in.

■ Played eight or more games in ev­ery year af­ter his one-off ap­pear­ance in 1998. Found the try­line at least once in 11 of the sub­se­quent 13 sea­sons de­spite scor­ing just 16 tries in to­tal.

■ Was crowned Gold Coast Ti­tans club­man of the year in 2008 (pic­tured).

■ Won his first grand fi­nal in the last ever game he played, with Can­ter­bury’s re­serve grade (2011).

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