Hodgson boost for Force
Force favourite to stay for two more seasons
By Jessica Bridge. Last Updated: April 19, 2011 11:06am
Hodgson: Staying put at Western Force
A new deal has been agreed to keep Australia flanker Matt Hodgson at the Force for the next two seasons.
The 29-year-old joined the Super Rugby franchise in 2006 but is currently out on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
Once out of rehabilitation the twice-named player of the year has high hopes for the next two seasons.
"We have a great mix of players and have a lot of confidence in what we're all working towards and I'm confident we can put that together into a full season in the coming years," Hodgson told the club's official site.
"I like letting my rugby do the talking. I enjoying doing the stuff that goes under the radar and I go out to do whatever is best for the team. I take a lot of heart from being able to contribute in the team environment.
"There has been some tough stuff that we've been through at the club but you can't enjoy the good times without having to do the hard yards and I think we've done that, particularly this season. With a continued strong work ethic there are good things to come."
During 2009/10 season Hodgson played a vital role for the Force where he was the only player to start and finish every match. His performances earned him an international call up and a debut against Fiji.
"The best way to improve as a player is to put yourself around not only the country's best but the world's best and I really enjoy playing with the group of back rowers we have at the club. As a unit we're always looking to improve and become even more of a decisive factor in games for the team," said Hodgson.
Force coach Richard Graham is thrilled Hodgson has signed a contract extension.
"His quiet and committed approach has earned the respect of his team mates and he exemplifies what we're looking for in a player and a leader at the Emirates Western Force," Graham said.
"Matt goes about his business without fuss but with plenty of purpose. He fully understands the level of work required to be a consistently good player in this competition and leads by the example he displays on the field."