Hodgson: Brough is their danger man
(photo courtesy of swpix)
Catching up with Brett Hodgson on the season so far, the talent coming through the club, players testing themselves in the NRL and the international games come the end of the year.
With 13 games under his belt so far this season Brett has continued to add to his goal-kicking tally now at a total of 283 for the primrose and blue. But there's still room for improvement according to the fullback.
"Individually I've been mostly pleased. There are some things I still need to keep working on and will do for the rest of the year. I think my form's been a bit like the team's - a bit up and down. We are looking to find that consistency across the board."
The depth of the squad is playing a part in the Wolves' season so far.
"There's a great calibre of young kids coming through. Ben Currie's been excellent for us so far but also Danny Bridge and Glenn Riley are coming through at the moment and they are gaining themselves some good first team experience and they'll be better for that.
"It's (Swinton) been a good opportunity for them. It's probably a bit of a challenge for the coach at Swinton knowing who he's got each week. (laughs) This week he's got ‘old' Briersy so hopefully he'll go well and I'm sure he'll come through that game fully fit for us. It will be good to have him back soon."
This weekend sees Brett travel to his former club the Giants as second take on third; a win would edge the Wolves that bit closer to the Giants currently one place above them in the table.
"I don't think we're so worried about putting pressure on them in terms of positions in the table. I think it's more important we go there and try to play as best we can and keep on improving on what was a pretty good performance against Bradford on the weekend. I think that's our priority, to try and keep on improving each week and give ourselves every chance going towards the end of the year."
And on what to expect from the Yorkshire outfit come Sunday.
"Their forwards are playing really well - strong and tough - and our forwards will need to be good to combat that. Danny Brough is their danger man. He can kick teams off the field and it means I have to be good as well as our wingers. It's a good challenge for us as we like playing against the better kickers but they've got some good attack straight across the board."
Having joined the English Super League with Huddersfield from NRL side Wests Tigers in 2009 Brett gives us his thoughts on teammate Mike Cooper's move in the opposite direction come the end of the year.
"I think it's good for him individually. We are going to miss him; he is a good, talented player and has been for several years. It's something he's wanted to achieve his whole life and you can't really stand in the way of that. I think it's good that the club has supported him and safeguarded themselves to make sure we can get him first time back and that's important as well. I think it will be tough for him but he's tough enough to handle it.
"I think there will be a few others who will go over there and try their hand. It's not always easy going over to the other side of the world without family and friends. It's a challenge and I don't know if every individual player can handle that but hopefully the RFL over here, for the sake of the competition, will do something to keep the young talented players here."
As the recently named Exiles captain Brett is rallying the fans to get behind the mid-season International and the RLWC come the end of the domestic season.
"I'd love to see the stands full here. We need to make sure we get as many people here as possible...We want to see it packed and see England prepare well for the Rugby League World Cup.
"At the end of the year, the World Cup is huge. It's important that it's supported here by the public. I'm sure if everyone's whispering about it and starting to talk about how big it's going to be for England, I'm sure it'll be good come the end of the year."
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02, May, 2013