The Brisbane Broncos are in discussions about making a play for Canberra rake Josh Hodgson for next season.

The Brisbane Broncos are in discussions about making a play for Canberra rake Josh Hodgson for next season, just two weeks after he stood down as co-captain of the Raiders.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald the Broncos are chasing the English hooker for next season along with off-contract South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds, in a bid to add some strike to their spine.

Rival clubs are also assessing the situation with the view that Hodgson and the Raiders may end their association due to the emergence of Tom Starling. The Injured Hodgson still has another year to run on his deal but the Raiders are yet to reach about an extension for the 31-year-old.

The Raiders have been impressed with Starling’s development in Hodgson’s absence, winning 11 out of 14 when he was injured in round 10 last year.

The Herald report claims Hodgson is disappointed with the narrative that Canberra have improved without him in the side.

The injured Hodgson still has another year to run on his deal with the Raiders, but Canberra are yet to show an interest in extending the 31-year-old’s contract beyond 2022.

The Raiders did not want to comment when contacted on Tuesday afternoon, but were aware of speculation surrounding Brisbane’s interest.

The news comes in a tough week when English halfback George Williams admitted to suffering from homesickness, and Joe Tapine’s wife Kirsten took to social media to criticise coach Ricky Stuart.

Stuart addressed Williams’ situation this week, stating the COVID closures have taken their toll.

“George came and saw me a fortnight ago and we’re now working through things,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart told the Herald on Monday. “We’re in constant communication with George and making sure he’s OK. His partner is pregnant and I get it has been a difficult situation for George with not being able to see his family and loved ones because of COVID.

“It could now be a case of George have family come out for the final year of his contract. We want him to be comfortable and explore anything we can do to make life easier for the final year of his deal. George is a big part of this club and we don’t want him going anywhere.”

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