Josh Hodgson set to sign new Hull KR deal
HULL KR are close to securing the long-term future of one of their brightest stars, with hooker Josh Hodgson agreeing a new deal.
The Mail understands the Robins have agreed terms with the 22-year-old England Knight over an extended and improved contract.
The deal could even be signed and confirmed later this week if final details are concluded.
The news will be a massive boost to Rovers, and should help soften the blow of losing another rising star, prop Scott Taylor, to Wigan.
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Hodgson, who signed from city neighbours Hull FC in 2009, still had another two seasons to run on his current deal at MS3 Craven Park.
However, with him quickly establishing himself as one of England's brightest talents for the future, KR have been keen to tie him to the club longer-term.
Negotiations have been ongoing for some time, and sources have told the Mail Hodgson is now prepared to commit his future to the club and agree to a deal keeping him at KR until the end of 2016.
It comes on the back of the player's best season in red and white, in which he swept the board at Rovers end of season awards night, claiming the player of the year, players' player of the year and tackle of the season prizes.
Those awards followed a campaign in which not only was he twice selected to represent the England Knights development side, but also received a call-up to the senior international squad ahead of the second summer clash with the Exiles, having impressed coach Steve McNamara.
When contacted by the Mail, Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell would not discuss the finer details of the deal.
However, he did say 'positive talks' had been held, and that he was hopeful they would be concluded 'very soon'.
The news comes as the long-running saga over the future of fellow England Knight Taylor looks set to be finally resolved this week.
The Robins have agreed a deal with Wigan Warriors for the 21-year-old to move to the DW Stadium, following former Rovers teammate Blake Green.
The Aussie left KR in a deal which netted the club £100,000, and whilst Hudgell has not revealed the value of Taylor's deal, he has already said KR are keen on a 'cash and players' exchange.
Those talks are now believed to be in advanced stages, with the deal set to be confirmed before the end of the week.
It comes as KR continue to push a policy of focusing on developing young talent, rather than continuing to rely on overseas stars, as has been the case since winning promotion to Super League in 2006.
The Mail also understands Rovers have recently made a cash offer for an as yet unnamed British youngster from a rival Super League club.