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Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson (born 12 February 1978 in Liverpool, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league player currently contracted to the Wests Tigers in the NRL. He has played for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League competition. Hodgson plays at fullback and has represented at state level for New South Wales Origin.

He will join the Huddersfield Giants in the European Super League from the 2009 season.

In 2008, Hodgson was the last remaining pre-2000 Western Suburbs Magpies' footballer still playing in the NRL.

Playing career

An Eagle Vale (Campbelltown) junior, Hodgson was graded to the Western Suburbs Magpies. He made his first-grade debut under coach Tommy Raudonikis in round 11, 1997, when Wests met South Queensland at Campbelltown Stadium.

In 1999, Hodgson turned down a position with the new Wests and Balmain Tigers joint venture club, Wests Tigers, and, to obtain a fullback position, he signed with Parramatta for the 2000 season. Hodgson's 2000 season was cut short following a high tackle from Cronulla's Mitch Healey, breaking his jaw.

The 2001 season was a successful one for Hodgson and Parramatta. Hodgson was selected for City Origin and the club made it to the grand final. Described as a "lethal, attacking full-back", Hodgson scored two tries in Parramatta's loss to Newcastle in the 2001 grand final. In 2003, Hodgson's final year at Parramatta was cut short in round 16 with a rib injury.

Hodgson returned to Campbelltown when he signed with Wests Tigers in 2004. Hodgson's successful 2005 season resulted in the Dally M Fullback of the Year and the NRL competition's leading pointscorer with 308 points.

On 23 July, 2006, midway through the first half of the clash between Wests Tigers and his former club, Parramatta Eels, Hodgson sustained medial and cruciate ligament injuries and was sidelined for the remainder of the season.

In Round 12, 2007, Hodgson fractured his cheekbone in the match against Parramatta. After surgery to repair the fracture, Hodgson was sidelined for seven rounds and returned in Round 20 for his 200th first-grade game, a resounding win against the North Queensland Cowboys.

Salary cap restraints at the Wests Tigers forced Hodgson to look elsewhere for a contract for the 2009 season. He played his last game for the Wests Tigers on 7 September 2008 and although the club failed to make the top eight, they did send Hodgson out with a win against the Gold Coast Titans, 28–12. Hodgson was named Man of the Match. At the club's end of season awards, Hodgson was voted the Members' Player of the Year for 2008.

Hodgson signed a two year deal to play in the UK for the Huddersfield Giants commencing in 2009.

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