Hodgson favoured for Hull vacancy

Brett Hodgson continues to be heavily linked with the vacant head coach position at Hull FC.

The Australian has been long linked with the Black and Whites role after expressing interest in a UK coaching role several months back.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph has now branded Hodgson, the 2009 Man Of Steel, as the front-runner for the role after Hull bowed out of the play-offs following defeat to Wigan on Thursday.

Hodgson, whose coaching career started with Widnes Vikings as an assistant to Denis Betts, is currently with NRL club Wests Tigers, where he is the assistant coach to Michael Maguire.

Interim coach Andy Last has reiterated his desire to land the role, a case he made stronger with Hull’s run to the play-off semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the club has launched its 2021 playing jersey, which pays tribute to the great Johnny Whiteley.

The club revealed the kit on Friday, Whiteley’s 90th birthday, with the kit designed by new retail and kit supplier Hummel.

The traditional kit is a throwback to the jersey worn by Whiteley, who earned club legend status after spending his entire career with the club, making 417 appearances during a 15-year spell.

“The shirt is absolutely brilliant and I can’t thank the club enough for this incredible gesture,” he said.

“I’ve been associated with this wonderful family club and the fantastic people who come with it for seventy years now – Hull Football Club is special and this really emphasises that.

“I’ve been locked up since January, having had an operation prior to the start of the pandemic, so to be in the thoughts of everybody, on what to me is just another day, is really special.

“I’ll treasure this shirt – it can’t get any better than this. I’ll make sure it is handed down to my great grandson, who plays for West Hull.”

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