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Canberra Raiders yet to contact Hull KR about possibly signing hooker Josh Hodgson

The Canberra Raiders haven't declared an interest in Hull KR hooker Josh Hodgson.

The Canberra Raiders haven't declared an interest in Hull KR hooker Josh Hodgson.

The Canberra Raiders have yet to contact English Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers about the possibility of signing hooker Josh Hodgson.

The Raiders have reportedly been interested in securing the services of the 24-year-old dummy-half, but Hull KR is insisting on a transfer fee of at least $100,000 to release him from the final two years of his contract.

Hodgson is the captain of Hull KR and has played more than 100 games for the club while also being called up for the England squad.

He would be a handy addition to the Raiders after they missed out on Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis, who signed with Cronulla instead.

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell told the Hull Daily Mail he had not received any direct correspondence from the Raiders about Hodgson, but would not be surprised if he did.

"No one has contacted me personally regarding the matter,'' Hudgell said.

"Josh is developing as a player year-on-year. He is now in the England squad and is also our captain.

"He remains very pivotal to what we want to achieve this season, so he is obviously going to attract interest.

"Hull is the greatest place in the world for speculation, but he is contracted for another two years and he has not signed a contract anywhere else.

"Until that situation changes, there is nothing more to say."

Hodgson is renowned as an excellent defender and a strong ball runner, elements typified in his side's 26-22 loss to Huddersfield last week.

He made 37 tackles along with 114 metres from 13 carries.

He has made no secret of the fact he is keen to test himself in the NRL and become the latest Englishman to play in Australia, following in the footsteps of the Burgess brothers, James Graham and Lee Mossop.

The Raiders made a strong bid to acquire Ennis as they attempted to bolster their stocks at dummy-half.

Present No.9 Glen Buttriss is under contract until the end of next season, while former Brisbane Broncos hooker Kurt Baptiste made his debut for the Raiders in last weekend's 19-18 loss to the Tigers.

Baptiste arrived in Canberra on a one-year deal as he chased more opportunities in first grade.

His strong form for Raiders' feeder club Souths Logan Magies in the Queensland Cup earnt Baptiste selection in the Queensland Residents side.

Meanwhile, Raiders second-rower Josh Papalii has missed out on a recall to the Queensland team for the third and final State of Origin match in Brisbane next Wednesday night.

Papalii was in the running to replace injured forward Chris McQueen, but was overlooked in favour of South Sydney's Ben Te'o.

A part of the Maroons team last year, Papalii was retained for the opening match of the series before losing his spot for game two.

Four Nations 2014

Round 1
Sat, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
ENG 32 vs SAM 26 Stats
AUS 12 vs NEWZ 30 Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEWZ 14 vs SAM 12 Report Stats
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AUS 16 vs ENG 12 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 08 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEWZ 16 vs ENG 14 Report Stats
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
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Final
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Four Nations 2014
Overall standings
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New Zealand 3 3 0 0 22 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 12 4
England 3 1 2 0 0 2
Samoa 3 0 3 0 -34 0
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