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Josh Hodgson to stay at Canberra Raiders until end of 2018: reports

The final piece of the Canberra Raiders puzzle for the next three years has been locked in with Josh Hodgson reportedly agreeing to terms for a further two seasons.

The English international was outstanding in his debut NRL season last year and has been rewarded with a new contract until the end of 2018, News Limited reported

Hodgson's retention follows a plethora of recent re-signings at Canberra, with key players Josh Papalii, Shannon Boyd, Blake Austin, Jack Wighton and Joey Leilua all re-committing for the same period over summer.

It continues a concerted show of faith in coach Ricky Stuart, who himself was handed a two-year extension by the Raiders in December.

Hodgson was one of the buys of the NRL season last year, quickly establishing himself as arguably Canberra's most important player.

His work rate and guile around the ruck has helped transform Canberra into an attacking force and it is hoped he will be able to play 80 minutes when required this year.


With half Aidan Sezer about to begin a three-year deal of his own after linking from Gold Coast, Canberra's roster is now one of the more stable squads in the league.

Former Kiwi international Sia Soliola is now the only first grade regular yet to re-sign beyond this year.

Last month, former Hull KR skipper Hodgson assured Raiders fans he wouldn't be seeking out other offers, despite the fact other clubs would undoubtedly have been interested in his services.

"I don't know what the panic is really, I'm happy here and I'll talk to the club in good time," he said.

"I won't be asking around or knocking on doors to go anywhere else."