Hull FC have announced former Super League Man of Steel Brett Hodgson has been appointed as the club’s new head coach.
The former Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves fullback joins the club from NRL side Wests Tigers, where he has held the position as assistant coach since 2018, as well as head coach of feeder side Western Suburb Magpies.
Hodgson has been learning the ropes as a coach since retirement, both in the UK and Australia.
The Australian returns to Hull, where he was previously a coaching consultant, working specifically with the club’s pivots, including full back Jamie Shaul.
He will arrive in December and will commence pre-season training with the squad in January.
Interim coach Andy Last will step down from his position within the first-team and has been offered an alternative position within the club.
Speaking about his appointment, Hodgson said: “I’m very excited – I spent nine years over in England playing in Super League and then moving into coaching, with one of those years as a consultant at Hull FC so I know some of the people at the club already.
“It is a fantastic club with real pedigree and ambition, so I’m excited to be heading back and hopefully helping such a prestigious club to achieve some success.
“Hull demands success, and that’s what I’m about. With the staff and players we have, and the support of the great fans there, I’m really excited about what we can achieve together over the next couple of years.”
Chairman Adam Pearson, added: “Brett is recognised in Australia as one of the brightest, up and coming coaches in the NRL and having turned down other opportunities we are privileged to get him at this point in his career.
“We had an extensive list of applications from varying backgrounds, but Brett has emerged from a thorough process as the stand out candidate for what we were looking for, in particular his passion for the sport, his ideas and aspirations in the role and what he feels we can achieve as a club.
“He made a fantastic impression during his time with us previously and he is held in very high regards at Wests Tigers, so we are delighted to have secured his services.”