David Hodgson signs new deal as assistant coach!

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David Hodgson signs new deal as assistant coach!

Hull Kingston Rovers are delighted to confirm that assistant coach David Hodgson has signed a new one-year deal at the club.

The former Great Britain international, 38, will enter his sixth consecutive campaign as a number two, and will continue to work under head coach Tony Smith during 2020 at Hull College Craven Park.

Hodgson enjoyed an illustrious playing career, scoring 186 tries in 371 appearances for five Super League clubs. The Hull-born outside-back touched down on 34 occasions in Rovers colours and came out of retirement for a brief spell during the 2017 Championship campaign.

He is joined by Willie Poching on the backroom staff roster, who returns to the club following a three-year absence.

“I have been here a while now and to sign an extension for another year, and to be able to work under Tony and the staff that he has brought in too, is going to be great,” Hodgson told KRTV.

“For me personally I am always learning from everybody at the club. It is something that I pride myself on. I hope I can carry on learning throughout my career, and I have a great opportunity now under Tony. I’m looking forward to 2020.

“I worked with Tony for a couple of months at the back end of 2019 but a full pre-season will be very beneficial to both of us.”

Smith added: “Having Dave re-signing at the club is good news for me, the club and the players.

“He is well respected and is a very competent coach. He is young, enthusiastic and has a bright future in coaching.

“He really relates to the younger guys and the experienced blokes respect him too. Anyone that has been around Hodgo or seen him play, will have seen the way that he carries himself. There is that respect given straight away.

“I had the pleasure to coach David earlier in his career so I had a heads up as to what kind of person he is, but seeing him on the training field confirmed that to me.”

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