Canberra Raiders confirm Josh Hodgson stood down from captaincy

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Canberra star Josh Hodgson has confirmed that he has quit as Raiders captain as reports link him to a potential move to Brisbane.

Speculation has swirled around Hodgson this week amid a developing crisis in the nation’s capital, with Joseph Tapine’s wife publicly attacking Ricky Stuart, English halfback George Williams suffering homesickness and gun prop Josh Papalii sitting out a game because he was felling “flat”.

“I’ve made the decision to stand down as club captain and I informed the team of this a couple of weeks ago,” Hodgson said in a statement released by the Raiders.

“I’ve been out injured for the past two games and I’ve been working hard on getting myself back on the training field. I’m confident I’ll be ready to play again when we play the Bulldogs next weekend.

“I can assure everyone that I remain fully committed to the club and I’m looking forward to getting myself back to 100 per cent fitness and helping the team get their season back on track.

“I know internally we’re all working extremely hard to turn things around and the playing group and staff have been fully committed to each other and the club.”

Elliott Whitehead has been promoted and will co-captain the club alongside Jarrod Croker.

The Raiders also confirmed reports that Williams was struggling on the other side of the world from his home.

“The Raiders will continue to offer George and his partner all the support they need, and George has confirmed he remains committed to the club,” the statement said.

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