The Courier-Mail

Broncos will do it for Hodges

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TONIGHT the Brisbane Broncos won’t just be playing for two points, but also for one of the team’s favourite sons – Justin Hodges, who makes his final regular club appearance before retiring at the end of the season.

“Hodgo” was a Cairns prodigy who played his first game for Brisbane 15 years ago. His early career was a mixture of raw talent and sometimes flamboyant play, marred at times by some hot-headed behaviour both on and off the field which led to a temporary departure from the club. He returned as the prodigal son who has since achieved his often inspiratio­nal best. As his lifelong mate Corey Parker put it this week: “He plays with his heart on his sleeve and a lot of passion, and that’s infectious amongst the group.”

Tonight marks 190 games with Brisbane, and with luck will bring Hodgo his 100th NRL try in front of a bumper home crowd.

More importantl­y, the cocky kid who first walked on to the turf at Red Hill back in 2000 will captain his side into a finals series which has the Broncos a strong chance to win their first Premiershi­p crown in nearly a decade.

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