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Warrington Wolves to sign Brett Hodgson

Brett Hodgson (right)
Hodgson (right) moved to Huddersfield in 2009 from West Tigers

Warrington have announced that Huddersfield full-back Brett Hodgson will join them next season.

The 32-year-old Australian turned down a 12-month deal at the Giants to sign a two-year deal at Warrington.

"I know the influence he can have on us," Wolves coach Tony Smith told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"He's a fantastic asset both on and off the field. The big thing for Brett was he wanted a bit of security and we were happy to give him that security."

He continued: "I'm not going to play him every game for the next two years, I'll look after him.

"I understand his age and I understand what he's been through. He knows his own body as well as anybody and he's not silly. He knows how to use it and he's smart with it - we'll take care of him."

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: "His form's outstanding so we offered an extension for a year.

"He wanted the security of two years which we were not prepared to do at this stage so we gave his manager permission to explore the market."

The former Wests Tigers captain has scored 260 points in 29 appearances for the Giants, inspiring them to last year's Challenge Cup final and becoming only the fourth Australian to win the Man of Steel award.

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"He will leave with our very best wishes and thanks for his time here and will always be welcomed back in the future," said Thewlis.

"I think it's best that we get this situation out into the open immediately so our supporters know what's going on as these things usually leak out anyway and we have to look at our recruitment plans again for 2011 without Brett in the side."



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