Hull KR 'going places': Josh Hodgson signs until 2016
JOSH Hodgson says signing a new four-year deal with Hull KR is evidence of his complete faith the club is heading in the right direction.
And the 22-year-old is determined to lead by example and help bring through young players following in his footsteps.
As the Mail first revealed earlier this week, Hodgson has now signed a deal which will keep him at the Robins until the end of the 2016 campaign.
It is a major boost for the Red and Whites, given it comes in the same week another of the club's brightest prospects, prop Scott Taylor, left for Wigan.
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However, Hodgson insists he never considered leaving for another club, and always intended to remain at the Robins.
"To be honest, I haven't even asked if there has ever been any interest from any other clubs, my only focus has been on staying with Rovers and signing a longer deal," Hodgson told the Mail.
"I am really chuffed to have got this new deal signed as I am totally committed to the club and truly believe it is going places."
Hodgson admits some may have doubted the Robins' current direction, having seen a number of first-team stars leave.
Negotiations over new deals collapsed with both full-back Shannon McDonnell and captain Ben Galea, leading to both crossing the city and joining Hull FC.
Stand-off Blake Green and fellow England Knight Taylor both joined Wigan in big money moves, but Hodgson insists he is not worried by those departures.
"There has been a lot of focus on the players that have left or have been sold and that is understandable.
"However, I have had many conversations with chairman Neil Hudgell, and I know he is fully committed to taking Rovers forward. He has the club's best interests at heart. He wants the club to be the very best it can be, and I see no reason why we can't achieve that. The club sees me as one of the senior players now, and having come through the ranks, that is a big honour, and I want to be one of the leaders now."
Hodgson, who swept the board of player awards at the club's end of season dinner recently, said the 'close knit' community of the club, and the passion of Rovers fans, was also a big reason for committing his future.
"We have the best fans in Super League, without doubt in my mind," he said.
"I have been at the club for three years already, and I have not heard one boo from the terraces in that time.
"Whether we are 60-0 up or 60-0 down, they still give the same support, and that means a lot when you are out on the field."