Although still in the early days of his blossoming coaching career, David Hodgson is considered to be an up-and-coming coach of some potential who is learning his trade with Hull Kingston Rovers.
A former Great Britain international, Hodgson is Hull born and bred and played for Hull Boys Club as an amateur. However, he signed for Halifax as a youngster before moving to Wigan Warriors for a fee in 2000. A winger by trade, he scored a try in the Warriors Grand Final defeat to St Helens in his first year at the JJB Stadium.
A pacey outside back who could also play at centre and full back, Hodgson was Wigan’s top try-scorer in 2003 and again tasted Grand Final defeat, this time to Bradford Bulls, before moving to Salford City Reds a year later. There he regained full fitness after a long-term injury and enjoyed a superb 2006 season as the club secured their highest ever finish in Super League.
Voted Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year, he featured in the competition’s Dream Team and was named in the Great Britain squad for the Tri Nations.
Hodgson would later move on to Huddersfield Giants before signing for Hull Kingston Rovers for the 2012 season. An experienced campaigner by this stage, he scored 32 tries in 53 appearances for the club, including a memorable last-minute winner against Hull FC at Magic Weekend, before calling time on a 15-year career to join the coaching staff as an assistant to Chris Chester.
Initially working alongside the club’s academy as well as the first team squad, Hodgson is now in his third season in a coaching capacity and supports head coach Tim Sheens in his training and preparation of the team, as well as providing one-to-one mentoring for the club’s young outside backs. In 2017, Hodgson has also been registered as part of the first team squad and is available for selection to Sheens.