Wallabies back rower Matt Hodgson has re-signed at the Western Force for another Super Rugby season.
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The Force skipper has been sidelined all season with a torn hamstring but is expected to make his long-awaited return next week against the Chiefs in New Zealand.
The veteran’s new deal has an option to extend one more year into the 2017 season.
“Despite being injured, the body feels great, my mind feels fresh and I’m excited about finishing what we’ve started in the last couple of years,” Hodgson said in a club statement.
“To be able to keep the majority of the team together is a goal we’ve had and we’ve got the players and the depth to go forward in the competition.
“I started at the club in 2005 and I still don’t feel like I’ve achieved what I’ve set out to do which is to win through the second half of the competition and play finals rugby.
“Last year gave us a taste of what can be achieved and while we’ve had a challenging start to this season, there’s still a lot of potential within the group and the opportunity to finish the season strongly.”
Force head coach Michael Foley says Hodgson remained one the side’s key players and had shown great commitment to the club in the last decade.
“In his performances as a player and leader, Hodgo’s demonstrated unconditional commitment to the club over the past 10 years,” he said.
“’Earning respect’ is the core value of our team, and Matt epitomises that in the way he plays, the way he deals with his teammates and our supporters, and in his determination to do whatever’s required to see the club succeed.
“Matt’s maintained a high level of performance over a long period of time, culminating in a personal best season last year and I’m wrapped to know that he’s staying with us as a player and leader for another season.”
Hodgson made his Super Rugby debut with the Force in 2006 against the Brumbies and has since gone on to make 113 appearances for the club.
The 103kg flanker has also made 11 appearances at international level with the Wallabies after making his Test debut against Fiji in 2010.
The 33-year-old New South Welshman has 65 Super Rugby points to his name and is a fan favourite at the Western Australian outfit.