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Eels fullback Brett Hodgson will not be with the Eels next season after failing to come to terms on a new deal. Hodgosn is asking $230,000 a season and the Eels are willing to pay $150,000 a season leaving the fullback with little option but to look elsewhere. Parramatta do have last right of refusal meaning the Eels can make the final offer to Hodgson before he signs elsewhere.
Although no deal has been struck as yet, it is believed the Wests Tigers will sign Hodgson as he is a Western Suburbs junior and with the Tigers cashed up with $2 million to spend, a goalkicking fullback will suit their purposes.
Shaun Timmins, Scott Hill and Nigel Vagana are also on the Tigers shopping list but there is still just over three weeks to the start of the NRL silly season which means Tigers fans will have to endure an anxious wait.
As for the Eels, David Veaeliki will slot into the fullback role for next season but it does leave the club without a recognised goalkicker.