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Bailey Simonsson & Josh Hodgson join the Eels

Parramatta Eels sign Josh Hodgson and Bailey Simonsson


Parramatta Eels are pleased to announce that representative hooker Josh Hodgson and versatile outside back Bailey Simonsson will join the Club.


Hodgson has agreed to join the Eels from the start of the 2023 NRL season on a two year deal. With over 270 NRL and Super League games under his belt, Hodgson will bring enormous experience at dummy half and add significant talent to the Eels spine from 2023.


Josh co-captained the Canberra Raiders in the 2019 Grand Final, and has played at the highest level in rugby league representing England at the Four Nations and 2017 World Cup.


Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill said,  “We are thrilled to have Josh join our Club from 2023 as he brings strong leadership and a wealth of experience in such a key position.


“Josh has played for his country and has an incredible knowledge of the game which will add value to not only the NRL squad but our emerging juniors within our elite pathways. I have no doubt that he will have a big impact at our Club both on and off the field.


Bailey Simonsson, a former All Blacks rugby sevens player, has signed with the Club for three years until the end of the 2024 season and will join the Eels squad for pre-season training immediately.


“We are very excited to add Bailey to our playing roster, he has enormous talent and will bring depth to our backline,” added O’Neill.


Simonsson has played over 40 NRL games including a grand final appearance for the Raiders in 2019.

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