Hodson is back

Date published: Monday, March 8, 2010

Oldham Rugby League Club have topped up their squad by signing their former forward Ian Hodson for a FOURTH time.

The 28-year-old back-row man, who played for the Roughyeds in each of the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons, has returned to the club on a deal that runs to November 30 this year.

“We’ve been talking to him on and off since before the start of pre-season training,” said chairman Chris Hamilton.

“We know what Ian is all about and we know what he can do. He will have to get his fitness levels up to par, but he has the capabilities to make a difference to the team.”

Hodson’s versatility is one of his strong points. He can play anywhere in the forwards and as a good ball handler he has even filled in for Oldham at stand-off.

He was first signed by the Roughyeds from Swinton on loan in 2005 when he made 15 senior Oldham appearances, most of them in the second-row alongside Tere Glassie.

He signed a second time when he became a fully-fledged Oldham player, making a total of 46 appearances in 2006 and 2007.

He went back to Swinton in the early part of 2008 but after only five games, he joined Oldham for a third time later that season and played in 14 Roughyeds matches, three of them at stand-off.

In the Grand Final defeat by Doncaster that year he was on the bench with Said Tamghart, Chris Baines and Luke Menzies.

Of the team that played in that 18-10 defeat by Ellery Hanley’s Doncaster, only Paul O’Connor and Marcus St Hilaire are still at the club.

Lucas Onyango and Craig Robinson picked up knocks in yesterday’s 15-try rout of South Wales amateurs Blackwood Bulldogs in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, but both are expected to be okay for Friday night’s tough league game at Hunslet Hawks.

Another concern is the appearance at the RFL disciplinary committee meeting in Leeds tomorrow (Tuesday) night of prop Wayne Kerr and winger Mark Brocklehurst on charges resulting from the flare-up at the end of the recent Swinton-Oldham game at Sedgley Park.

Three Swinton players, including former Oldham scrum-half Ian Watson, will also go before the judiciary.

The draw for the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, including the 14 Super League clubs, will be made this evening and broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live about 7.30pm.