Brett Hodgson appointed Head Coach of the Vikings Academy

Brett Hodgson appointed Head Coach of the Vikings Academy

23rd March 2015

Widnes Vikings are pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Hodgson as the new Widnes Vikings Academy Head Coach.

Brett is to start his new role with immediate effect following a restructure of the Academy staffing positions at the Club.

Brett Hodgson made 350 appearances in the NRL and Super League in addition to a number of outstanding performances for New South Wales in the State of Origin. Brett won the coveted Man of Steel award in 2009. He will now combine his role in Denis Bett’s coaching team alongside his responsibilities driving the techical development of the Vikings Academy players.

Brett is delighted and honoured to be taking up a new position at the Club: "It's a big honour to be able to coach the Academy this season. There are a lot of talented players in our setup that we hope will progress to the first team in the next couple of years and I'm looking forward to working closely with them. Phil Finney has done a wonderful job in junior development at the Vikings, and my aim is to further assist the boys' dreams of representing this great club in Super League."

Phil Finney, Head of Youth Development also commented on the new structure: “As Head Coach of the u19s at the Club, Brett will bring a wealth of experience. Brett has pretty much acheieved everything possible in the game as a player and hopefully he can pass this expertise on to the younger players at the Club.

With Brett being involved directly with the first team squad, the connectivity between the Academy and the first team is stronger than ever before and should therefore help with the progression of more players into the first team environment.”

James Rule added: “To have a coach of Brett’s calibre as the Head Coach of our Academy is fantastic for the Club. Brett has a great wealth of experience in our sport that he has developed in both the NRL and Super League. Brett’s new role at the Club is a massive positive for our academy structure. Brett’s expertise will further enhance the development of talented young players in the region. I am sure our players will be extremely excited about being able to learn from and to draw upon Brett’s experience."

Brett Hodgson appointed Head Coach of the Vikings Academy