Hodgson won't go to Tigers, Leilua to UK

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Josh Hodgson will see out the final year of his NRL deal in Canberra after talks broke down over a move to Wests Tigers.

Hodgson had been linked with a move to the Tigers after the 32-year-old Englishman was told by the Raiders he could explore options elsewhere in a bid to extend his career beyond next season.

However, AAP has been told months of talks are now officially over with the two clubs unable to agree on how much of Hodgson's salary the Tigers would pay in 2022.

Under NRL rules, players are entitled to earn their entire agreed figure for a season when they move teams, with the two clubs to agree who pays for how much.

Uncertainty over the future of Tom Starling had also clouded talks, after the Raiders dummy-half was charged by police for the second time in the space of a year last month.

He is due to return to court in January.

It leaves the Tigers with Jacob Liddle as their first-choice hooker for 2022, with youngster Jake Simpkin a rising talent.

They still have three spots left on their roster for 2021, with well in excess of $1 million of salary cap space available.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed on Tuesday evening that former Tigers centre Joey Leilua has signed for second-tier English club Featherstone Rovers.

Leilua's move was labelled one of the most significant in the history of the club and rugby league in England by Rovers chairman Mark Campbell.

It comes just a month after Leilua put up a fight for his own future, clipping Tigers coach Michael Maguire on the way out of Concord and maintaining he was still "one of the best centres in the game".

The two-time Dally M centre of the year had been hopeful of staying in the NRL and in Sydney with his mother needing kidney dialysis.

"My mum's unwell. She doesn't want me to go," he told AAP earlier this month.

"So I'm still considering what to do but she plays a massive part in it because we don't know how long (she has)."

"But if an opportunity arises overseas, I've got to do what I've got to do and hopefully I would bring my mum over."

Featherstone were one win from joining the Super League for 2022, losing to Toulouse in the million-pound game.

"This signing is another clear demonstration of this club's unwavering ambition and focus on gaining Super League promotion," new Featherstone coach Brian McDermott said.

"Joey brings a level of experience and raw ability that is unrivalled in the Championship.

"He'll add some serious size, strength and focused aggression which will help this side go up to another level.

"I've had many conversations with Joey over the last few weeks and we're looking forward to working together to achieve our Super League objective."

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