Tag Archive: Michael Hodgson

Bulldogs fresh faces line up

Rising Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano caps his transformation from NYC teen to NRL star this weekend when he dons the Bulldogs’ No. 10 jersey against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium.Kasiano already has plenty of headlines this year for his outstanding form in the club’s pre-season trials – and it was made obvious why yesterday when he was named ahead of Bulldogs stars Michael Hodgson, Chris Armit and Mickey Paea. He will be joined in the Bulldogs forward pack by second-rower Jake Forster, who stunningly beat prized signing Frank Pritchard for a start. Pritchard, Kasiano, Aiden Tolman, Kris Keating and Trent Hodkinson will all make their debuts for the club.

Hannant stands by Hodgson

Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant ($321,600 FRF) has urged officials to resign fellow Front Row partner Michael Hodgson ($197,100 FRF/2RF). Hodgson arrived at the Bulldogs last year basically as an unknown, and emerged as a major figure in the Wooden Spoon turnaround to second place in the minor premiership of ’09.  Averaging 98 metres and 21.5 tackles per game Hannant said Hodgsons game is along way from over and he has a lot more to offer. “In the media they’re saying you’re getting too old, you’ve got to go but look at Petero, look at Pricey, they’re 35, 36 and they’re playing their best football now and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down,” Hannant said. He also put his backing behind new signing Dene Halatau ($174,800 2RF/CTW) to fill the void left behind by UK bound Greg Eastwood. “He’s one guy I’ve been very, very impressed with, I can’t wait to play with him because I think he’s going to make a very big impact on our side.”