Hull KR: Dave Hodgson 'will prove class is permanent' in backs race
HULL KR winger Dave Hodgson plans to give the younger outside backs a run for their money next season and prove he is still first choice.
The 31-year-old finished his first season at MS3 Craven Park as leading try scorer with 16 from 18 games.
But he has seen his place in the side come under threat with the signings of Alex Brown from Huddersfield and Omari Caro from London.
Both are 10 years younger than Hodgson, but the veteran of over 300 Super League games and over 160 tries isn't giving up his spot in the team without a fight.
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"I want to give the young lads a run for their money for a first-team spot," Hodgson told the Mail.
"I always welcome competition for places, the more there is the more the club benefits.
"With the quality we have, we all know we have to play well every week, otherwise your place will be taken by the next player.
"If they play well, they'll keep their place and you're out.
"It's a young squad but there is still a lot of quality in it.
"I've seen them play before they joined us and it's all looking good for us."
Hodgson accepts he's the senior citizen of the outside backs, and he is more than happy to pass on his words of wisdom to his colleagues.
But he feels they are well placed to cope without picking his brains.
"They don't need to look up to me," Hodgson said.
"I've played quite a few games now and if they need any advice I'll be more than happy to talk to them. I'm pretty easy to approach.
"It's good to have them here and it's going to be a good test this season.
"They have all played Super League and that will benefit the club and they will definitely step up next year.
"The club have done well to recruit the players we have and a change of club can often bring out the best in players."
Hodgson is not one for setting goals, instead choosing to take things one week at a time.
His primary concern during this pre-season is to prepare himself as best as he can to keep himself on the pitch after missing nine games last season.
"When you get to my age, it's more about maintaining things and staying as fit as I can," he said.
"I tend not to set goals and prefer to take each game as it comes
"If we are winning games and we are doing well then so much the better.
"All the players are concentrating on doing well in pre-season, bulking up or improving their agility."