Carlile: I can handle Hodgson pressure

Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Keal Carlile insists he will be able to handle the pressure that comes with stepping into Josh Hodgson’s shoes throughout this season.

Hodgson, a standout performer for Rovers last season, has headed for the NRL with Canberra Raiders, with Carlile entrusted with the No. 9 shirt vacated by the England international this season.

And with boss Chris Chester putting his faith in the former Huddersfield youngster, Carlile knows there will be pressure on him – but says he’s up to the job.

“I’ve been around long enough to be able to handle the pressure of following Josh,” Carlile told the Hull Daily Mail.

“I’m fine with the pressure. I know it’s a pivotal position because it’s me who plays the ball. If I mess that up as hooker, the whole game plan gets messed up as a result.

“I’m happy with that and I’m excited by it. Chris has shown faith in me. I came back to pre-season in reasonable shape and I’ve given my all.

“I know Chris was looking for a hooker to replace Josh before the start of pre-season, but hopefully I can do enough to repay his faith in me.”