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From Hull to Newcastle: Hodgson on track for Club debut

Our young gun Englishmen is increasingly eager to be the next Newcastle Knight.

Bailey Hodgson has almost made a full recovery from off-season surgery and is ready to don the red and blue for the first time.

A pre-season arrival from Castleford Tigers in England, the 18-year-old has settled into life in Newcastle and is now ready to show his quality on the field.

"I'm loving it here," Hodgson said.

"It's a different way of life and a lot warmer.

"It was a massive opportunity for me to come out here and I'm enjoying it.

"(The NRL) is a different challenge and a bigger challenge."

Hodgson: Return from injury and living with Blake Green

A fullback, who can also play in the centres, Hodgson has made the long journey to Newcastle's shores to continue and foster his brimming potential.

Head of Recruitment Clint Zammit identified the 18-year-old and said he has 'a natural talent, with great balance and footwork.'

Born in Hull, Hodgson made his debut for the Castleford Tigers in the English Super League shortly after his 18th birthday and was recruited for the start of this season on a three-year deal.

The youngster was ruled out for the start of 2021 due to surgery on an injured patella tendon.

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On the other side of the world and enduring feelings of homesickness and nursing an injury, Hodgson lent on family to get him through the initial period.

Bailey is the nephew of Canberra Raiders dummy-half Josh Hodgson who has forged a great career at NRL and international level.

"The first couple of months I was going (to visit) every couple of weeks to go see him because I was a bit home sick," Hodgson said.

"I've been going down there at every opportunity I get just to see the family."

Hodgson has also moved in with Blake Green since arriving to Newcastle and integrated himself into the team.

"It just takes a bit of time to get fully (fit)," Hodgson continued.

"It's just the luck of it but I'm just looking forward to getting back next week now.

"Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll be back out there."