Hodgson re-signs with Raiders long-term

The Canberra Raiders have received a massive vote of confidence from Josh Hodgson with the England hooker signing a new long-term deal.

Originally contracted to the club for 2018, the new four-year extension will keep the 28-year-old in the nation's capital until at least the end of 2022. 

In camp preparing for England's semi-final clash with Tonga, the new deal will likely mean Hodgson finishes his career in Australia after originally joining the Raiders in 2015. 

"There's no way I'd sign long term if I didn’t believe this group of players were able to achieve great things, so a big part of the decision was staying at a club who I believe will have long-term success," Hodgson said. 

"We know our results last season were not acceptable and I know the group is already back in Canberra working hard to make sure things are better in 2018 and beyond that.

"I'm really enjoying the World Cup experience and hopefully we can continue through the tournament, but I'm also looking forward to getting home and working with the rest of the squad as we get ready for next season."

Raiders CEO Don Furner said the deal was a big reward for the rake, who has made a name for himself since joining the NRL. 

"It's the longest contract we've done for some time and it reflects our faith that we have in Josh of being a leader of this group and how committed to the Raiders he is," Furner said. 

"From a football perspective Josh brings experience, leadership and professionalism to the team and he's demonstrated over the past three seasons how valuable he is to our organisation."

Hodgson was one of several big names off contract at the Raiders with Josh Papalii, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo still yet to secure their futures beyond next season.