Hodgson's glad Hull KR have flying wingers
WINGER Dave Hodgson has praised fellow Hull KR flier Alex Brown for how quickly he has settled into his stride.
Whilst Hodgson took 11 games to score his first four Super League tries, Brown took a game and a half.
But having worked together at Huddersfield, Hodgson isn't surprised by how well Brown has taken his chance at Rovers.
"Alex is going very well," Hodgson told the Mail.
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"That's good to see because he is a good lad, like a lot of the lads at the club at the minute.
"He was on the fringes at Huddersfield and didn't really get his chance.
"But Alex is a strong explosive player which is what you need for a winger.
"I'm not surprised he's started well like this. I always knew he would take his chance when he got it."
Few wingers know more about taking chances than Hodgson.
The 31-year-old needs one more try to become the fourth leading try scorer in Super League's all-time list.
A try at Odsal will take him to 158, alongside Catalan's Leon Pryce but 43 behind Danny McGuire before this weekend's games.
But Hodgson has played down his part in crossing for almost 160 tries in a career that started with Halifax in 1999.
"Everybody keeps talking about my next try, but I think they have cursed me and I won't get it," he added.
"I have a way to go to catch Danny and he's a couple of years younger than me.
"I couldn't have imagined being fourth on the all-time list when I first started playing as a 16-year-old.
"It's about being in good teams and I've been lucky to play in a number of good teams over the years.
"I've had a lot of opportunities to score tries and I've taken them."
Looking ahead to tomorrow's game, Hodgson believes it has the potential to be an entertaining affair against a Bradford riding high after putting their financial woes of last season well and truly behind them.
"We have to be on our game," he added. "We beat one of the form teams in Warrington and we got a good win at London too, which is difficult.
"Odsal is a tough place to go to too. But everyone is confident of getting the job done."