The Australian sees them start the Super League season against Huddersfield Giants who also have a new coach in the shape of Ian Watson.
Hull reached the Super League semi-finals last season but finished sixth, just above Huddersfield, and were wildly inconsistent.
That is something Hodgson hopes to address.
“We’ve got a squad that is capable but lacked the discipline to do it week after week over the last couple of seasons,” he said.
“So that has been what we’re aiming to improve, starting with a strong performance this weekend which we will look to build on the back of.
“It is important that we show what we have been doing in pre-season, in practice in a game environment against a team who also want to start the season off well.
“I’m sure Ian has got Huddersfield ready to go so it will be a good contest for us.”
Star signing Josh Reynolds is named in the 21-man squad and ex-Huddersfield centre Josh Griffin could make his 100th appearance for the East Yorkshire club who have also included youngsters Cameron Scott and Ben McNamara.
They are without injured trio Jamie Shaul, Jack Brown and Masi Matongo.
However, Hodgson said: “We’re in the fortunate position where almost everyone is fit, so we’ll have to have some tough conversations with some of the players who won’t be playing.
“But that is a good conversation for us to be in.”
All his players listed in squad numbers one to 17 are included, demonstrating that strength, as well as Scott, McNamara, Adam Swift and Josh Bowden.
Scrum-half Marc Sneyd captain the team for the first time having been named as one of three co-captains this season, alongside Danny Houghton and Scott Taylor.
Meanwhile, Hodgson revealed: “We’ve given the boys a little bit of time off in the run up to this game – we have a very busy schedule coming up in April and May so player welfare is always at the front of our minds.”
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