Skip to content
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER Responsible Gaming Responsible Gaming
Join

NRL: Ricky reveals Raiders headaches

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart admits losing Josh Hodgson for the season is a huge blow but is backing the rest of his squad to fill the void.

The Raiders are keen to get back in to the top eight and play finals this season but will have to do it without Hodgson, who damaged his ACL and will need a knee reconstruction.

Huge headache

Stuart is already without star halfback Jamal Fogarty who has his own injury and will only return mid-season so the loss of Hodgson is a double whammy.

The hooker has played his last game for the club after agreeing a deal to join Parramatta Eels for the start of the 2023 NRL season.

Related Canberra Raiders news

Horsburgh commits to Raiders

Raiders ace out for the season

Raiders ace pens new deal

Whitehead ready for new challenge

“Losing Josh for the season now gives us a headache and it puts pressure on our other players who have to fill into those positions,” Stuart said.

Starling chance

The loss of Hodgson does present an opportunity to Tom Starling who has filled in for the Englishman in the past. And Stuart is backing him to fill the void once again.

“(The injury) means Tommy plays a different role, a different role to what he does when Josh is starting,” Stuart added. “It’s back to where he was in 2020. He started a lot of games, played a lot more minutes than what he was used to, but fortunately for us he’s got the ability to do that.

“Tom’s a tough, conscientious style of player. He’s still developing and improving and that’s certainly the way he trains too. He doesn’t lack any attention to detail with his training, he works very hard and he’s committed.”

Discover more from the world's favourite online betting brand

More rugby league betting news

Latest betting and odds

Extra time extra chance

Latest rugby league results

Sign up - bet365 Open Account Offer

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy