Hodgson moves to NRL for undisclosed fee
Posted: Thursday 19th November 2020 - 9:00 AM
Castleford Tigers can confirm the club has accepted an undisclosed transfer fee from Newcastle Knights for the services of Bailey Hodgson.
A graduate of the Tigers’ Scholarship and Youth Programme, Bailey has long held an ambition to follow in his uncle Josh’s footsteps by testing himself in the NRL and had a clause in his contract allowing him to make the move Down Under should a suitable offer come in.
The Tigers have now finalised the financial arrangements with the Knights and the young full-back has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle.
The money received from the transfer fee shall be re-invested into the Castleford playing squad.
During his time at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 18-year-old Hodgson featured at England Youth level and made his Super League debut against Hull Kingston Rovers last month, with the Tigers confident he would link up with the club once again should he return to the UK in the future.
Castleford’s Head of Youth Performance, Darren Higgins, commented on the news saying: "We would like to wish Bailey all the best in Australia, it’s a challenge he always wanted to take on.
“Bailey’s progress is not only great recognition for his own hard work and dedication but for our youth provision with many people involved in this process. In particular, Danny Evans has had a profound impact on Bailey’s development, which I know Bailey is really appreciative of.”
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