NEW Giants signing Brett Hodgson will move to Super League next season while he is in the shape to make a positive impact.
The Wests Tigers captain and full-back yesterday signed a two-year contract to join the Giants for the start of the 2009 season.
The former State of Origin star will be 31 by the time that campaign gets under way.
But the experienced Australian believes his age is no barrier and that he will be moving to England in the best form of his life.
“I may be 30 now, but I still feel as if I’ve got at least three or four good years left in me, never mind the two I’ll have at the Giants,” said Hodgson, who will be moving to England with wife Skye and children Annaliese (three) and Christian (nine months).
“My body feels young, I’m in great shape and believe I’m in some of the form of my life.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to play in England at some stage of my career, but I never wanted to come when I felt I didn’t have anything to offer.
“I’ve been delighted with what I’ve achieved in the Australian game, with my State of Origin appearances and Grand Final success.
“And I would like to think I can achieve things at the Giants as well.
“I’ve obviously been looking at their form pretty closely, and know they’ve not been at the top of their game.
“But there’s quality throughout the squad, and I know from personal experience in Australia that losing runs don’t last forever and that when the boys get some winning momentum behind them they’ll be away.
“My dream next year is to come here and make a real difference to the side, that’s what it’s all about.
“I’ve still got over half a season left at the Tigers, but I’m already really excited about testing myself in the English game.”
Hodgson admits he should find it a little easier to settle at the Galpharm next year because of the familiar faces that will be around him.
Shane Elford, Jamahl Lolesi, John Skandalis, pictured left, and Paul Whatuira are all former teammates of Hodgson at the Tigers.
And he admits Skandalis played a big part in his decision to sign.
“I’ve always been very good friends with Skando, and kept in touch with him when he moved to Huddersfield,” added Hodgson.
“He always goes on about how much he loves it, and if he says it’s good it must be good.
“I don’t think you could get a better endorsement than that.”