Former Leeds Rhino Mark Calderwood joins Hull FC

HULL have strengthened their first team for 2009 with the capture of Wigan winger Mark Calderwood and the promotion of Academy hooker or back row Josh Hodgson.

Calderwood, 26, has scored 135 tries in 212 games for Leeds and Wigan and is a direct replacement for retiring Australian Matt Sing.

"I am looking forward to having Mark here," said Hull coach Richard Agar. "He is a proven try-scorer and he will add a lot of pace to our flank.

"He has probably not had the best of times since leaving Leeds to join Wigan, but we know he is determined to recapture the form and reach the heights he scaled when he was at Leeds."

Calderwood was Super League's top try-scorer in 2005 with 27 touchdowns and is in Scotland's squad for the World Cup after qualifying through Scottish grandparents.

He is Hull's second major signing for the 2009 season following the capture of Australia Test forward Michael Crocker from Melbourne.

Hodgson is the son of former Hull player Dave Hodgson and secured a full-time contract after impressing in the reserves.

"He has been one of our stand out players over the last couple of years in the under-18s and under-21s," said Agar, who believes Hodgson's best position is back row.

"His attitude to training is a major attribute and he emphasised that attitude earlier this season when he broke his ankle on the Saturday and on the Monday he was in the gym working on his upper body strength."

Hull, meanwhile, have appointed former Huddersfield Giants player Ben Cooper as their new fitness and strength conditioner. He replaces Paul Hatton on the recommendation of his former coach Jon Sharp, who is joining Hull as football operations manager.

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