Josh Hodgson: 'Attitude's spot on at Hull KR'
HULL KR star Josh Hodgson has praised the change of attitude shown by his team-mates in the first fortnight of pre-season training.
The 23-year-old hooker, currently limited in his involvement due to a foot injury, has seen a more professional approach compared to last year.
And Hodgson, who signed a new four-year deal with Rovers last month, is looking to be a leader of the team in 2013.
"The environment seems a lot more professional this time around," Hodgson said.
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"That's not to say it wasn't last year, but you can see the difference each and every day.
"I'd like to think that I'm a more senior player myself and I'd be more than happy for a few people to look up to me next year. I don't want us to rely on one person to win us the game.
"I want to kick on from the great season I had last year, and if you try not only to improve year on year but also week on week, you're on the right track."
Hodgson was left devastated last month after fracturing his foot whilst coaching amateur side Skirlaugh, an injury which caused him to miss the autumn internationals with the England Knights.
But Hodgson, who swept the board at KR's Player of the Year awards, said training with the national side was a great experience to have going into pre-season for the Robins.
"Before the game, I broke my foot which was devastating," Hodgson said.
"We had a tough few training sessions but I fully enjoyed training out there with the boys.
"I don't know how long it'll be until I am back in full training, but I'm trying to keep as fit as I can in the gym and the sooner I'm fully fit, the better. I trained with Greg (Eden) in the Knights squad and it was a great chance to get to know him before I knew he was signing for us this year."
KR's star signings Travis Burns and Evarn Tuimavave arrived in England at the end of last week, with Eden also confirmed last week to be joining the Robins from Huddersfield Giants for Super League XVIII.
And Hodgson is impressed at how the new youthful squad is gelling together now that coach Craig Sandercock has his full team available for training.
"Now that we have our full squad here, you want them in as early as you can get to start gelling together and so far, it's going great," Hodgson said.
"Travis and Evarn seem really good blokes and they are great signings for us.
"Travis has plenty of experience in the NRL and he is the kind of player that we need.
"He will be a big leader next year by bringing his knowledge to the pitch, along with our new captain Michael Dobson and new vice-captain, Kris Welham.
"One of the good things about our squad is that we are full of young English talent, and that is looking really promising for the future of Hull KR."