Josh Hodgson fronted up to day one of preseason Raiders training with a spring in his step, a world away from the Wests Tigers' Concord base to which he had been incessantly linked this off season. The former co-captain presented for physical testing with most of the main squad on Friday, while compatriots Elliott Whitehead and Ryan Sutton were both hopeful they would still be calling Hodgson a teammate next season. It's the strongest indication yet the Englishman will be wearing green in 2022, to serve out the final year of his contract with the Raiders before seeing out the remainder of his NRL career at another club. Hodgson had sought a move away from the Raiders ahead of next season, and appeared on the verge of a switch to the Tigers last month before the move stalled. Wests were unwilling to pay the entirety of Hodgson's 2022 contract, believed to be worth around $900,000, and the Raiders weren't receptive to the idea of chipping in for a player at a different club.