CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Josh Hodgson of the Raiders in action during the round 12 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Sydney Roostrers at GIO Stadium on May 28, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Englishman Josh Hodgson has revealed he denied an offer from the Sydney Roosters just 12 months before signing with Canberra following his move to Australia in 2015.

The Super League headliner has boasted a stellar career with the NRL, evolving into one of the most dominant hookers in the game despite a sizeable sideline stint with an ACL injury.

Having recently re-signed with the Green Machine until 2022, the childhood footy-fan is set to live out his career in Australia.

“I always used to watch the comp growing up and I was rugby league mad so any game I could watch I’d sit down and watch it,” Hodgson said.

“Your career is so short, it was just one of my things that I knew I’d regret if I retired and didn’t at least try to come over.”

Hodgson recently told Sunday Night with Matty Johns that his career with the NRL could have started a year sooner, after six solid seasons in the Super League.

“I nearly came over the year before with the Roosters, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” he said.

“They had Jake Friend who’s such a great player, he had a great game (against the Sea Eagles on Sunday).

“If I came to the Roosters I was going to play more NSW Cup than anything.

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“In my eyes I’d worked so hard to get a starting spot at Hull KR, so I’d find it hard to come here and not really play, so I said no to that.

“The next year I got offered a starting spot at the Raiders and everything else panned out from there.”


  1. Wise choice, admitting a career in reserve grade at the Roosters as an understudy to the Roosters co-captain, so again wise move. Friendy has won a premiership and before he retires will win another.💪👴👍

  2. Ha ha, everyone could have been a rooster even Michael Jordan and Usain Bolt. Bottomless pit of money from Nick the prick Politis.

    • Now now Daffy Duck, jealousy is a curse. You see most people like yourself don’t realize but 80% of the players on the Roosters books have come through their development program. The players of stardom that they bought are Baptist, Tedesco, Cronk, Keary and only because Russell Crowe chased him away and did not want him, Ferguson who every team did not want to touch him because of the scandals he was in, and the same with Tetevano.

      That is 6 established players they did not develop or purchased as rookies and when I went to school 6-30 players leaves 24.

      the percentage of 24into 30 = 80% Get off the Roosters case and start attacking teams like Newcastle and Cronulla, Saints or Melbourne. I rest my case Daffy Duck🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆

      • I think you better review your squad again of 30. You have selectively missed a few more. JWH is the first one that comes to mind. Reece Robinson, Mitch Cornish…. there are more but that will do for now.

        • blm01 see blokes like yourself forget that Buying untried rookies is like developing them yourself. JWH was a nobody at Manly and through magnificent Rooster coaching has gone onto play for NZ and win a comp. Taukiaho played one game for the Warroirs before the Roosters turned him into a international rep player. These two examples are still products of Rooster coaching.

          Here is the list of players in the 30 that debut for the Roosters and no other clubs before hand.

          1. Tupou, 2. Manu, 3. Faamausili, 4. Ikavalu, 5. Momirovski, 6. O’Sullivan, 7. Cordner, 8. Napa, 9. Vunakece, 10. Nuuausala, 11. Liu, 12. Friend, 13. Aubusson, 14. Butcher, 15. Matterson, 16. Tupuoniua, 17. Latrell Mitchell, 18. Radley, 19. Collins, 20. Lewis

          Throw in I game rookie 21. Taukeiaho and 6 game rookie 22. JWH That’s 22 players the Roosters turned into superstars or in the process of superstardom.

          Then add our 8 imports who where established first graders, and that’s our 30

          1. Robinson, 2. Cornish, 3.Tetevano, 4. Cronk 5. Tedesco, 6. Keary, 7. Ferguson, 8. Baptiste

          All you blind footy fans out there that think the Roosters only buy a NRL team from everyone else are way out of touch with reality. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. As per usual the facts are presented and I rest my case.

          Verdict. The Roosters are not guilty of buying a comp as they have 22 players out of 30 that the excellent Roosters coaching as nurtured into the players they are today. Of the 8 established players purchased from other clubs 6 play NRL and the other 2 Robinson and rookie Cornish play for the reserve grade squad Wyong Roos😎

  3. and they would still be 1.6M under the cap

    Sorry Josh no car or house from Uncle Nick

    Is Meriton part of their TPA?

  4. Sorry Dognator..did not mean to press Report Button. I just wanted to reply to WoodDuck.

    WoodDuck. JWH an untried rookie…your memory is short. You should write stories for this site. So now we are down to 20/30 66%. You can keep going, I can tell you 5 out of that 20 that were in other clubs development systems so now 50% :). No..Roosters are no better development specialists than other clubs out there, they buy just more higher profile than anyone else.

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