Rams happy with Elliot

Rams new boy Elliot Hodgson made an impressive debut last weekend in their 3434 draw with Widnes – and boss Warren Jowitt believes it’s just the start for the 20yearold.
The dualregistered Huddersfield Giant spent time with Batley last season on a similar deal, though things never really took off and he returned to the Giants under20s squad.
Dewsbury boss Jowitt was approached and didn’t think twice about taking the young fullback on loan, though he claims work needs to be done in order for Hodgson to get up to speed with the Championship.
“He played really well against Widnes but I feel he’s lacking game time and match practice,” said Jowitt.
“Elliot’s been playing in the Valvoline under20s, which is a very poor standard in my opinion.
“It’s not on a par with the Championship and he’ll admit that himself.
“His effort is very good and I’m quite sure that in the next few weeks he’ll be up there playing at his best.
“Defensively he helps us out massively. His talk and energy across the back is quality and his marshalling is pleasing.
“In attack he supports everything, wherever the ball is, he is and that’s superb in my opinion.”
Jowitt first saw Hodgson play for the neighbouring Bulldogs last season against Hunslet and was instantly impressed.
Most however, will remember him in his first and only Super League appearance for Huddersfield in their tie with St Helens, when he was named man of the match.
Hodgson is currenly training with both the Rams and the Giants as part of the deal.
But in a bid to prevent overworking the youngster, Jowitt and Huddersfield assistant Paul Anderson, work closely to strike the right balance.
Jowitt added: “I liaise with Paul Anderson every week in terms of Elliot’s training but at the minute they’re letting him train with us on a regular basis.
“I didn’t think much of taking Elliot on after seeing him for Batley, obviously he was with them.
“I got a phonecall asking whether or not we’d be interested and I was very interested.
“He didn’t get his chance at Batley but whatever happened there, happened. He’s come here, he fits in with all the lads and he’s doing what I want him to do at fullback.
“He’s only young but he’s got a big future in the sport. He came into my side and he looked like he’d played here most of the season and to do that it’s great, because sometimes it’s hard to do.”

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