Is it simply me? Am I the one one who can’t see it? Once I watch Reece Hodge play, I take a look at him and assume… He’s OK.
Not thrilling. Not a gamebreaker. Simply OK.
Perhaps he’s the traditional utility again – a jack of all trades however grasp of none. Adequate and versatile sufficient for a spot on the bench, however missing the x-factor required to be a starter.
In 2018, there was the notion that Hodge’s finest place can be 10. He then went on to play in that place; and 12, 13, wing and fullback. Why not give him a shot a scrum-half to present him the complete expertise?
Hodge wants to talk up and clearly state the place he desires to play. If it’s 10, then nice, let him compete with Quade Cooper on the Rebels. If it’s on the wing or fullback then nice, let’s see how he measures up.
Long run nevertheless, he would have essentially the most pleasure cementing a place within the centre, in all probability at 13.
His defence is enough, however he wants the consistency – by means of sport time – to develop the understanding and expertise to really excel within the place. On the wing he isn’t fast sufficient of foot or thoughts to be world-class. He does have a sizeable kicking sport however, once more, a scarcity of tempo might be a difficulty at 15.
He has a bizarre operating and passing type, which might make him a nightmare to play off at 10, so this shouldn’t be an possibility.
At 13 he’s fast sufficient to make some exterior breaks and wouldn’t be required to be the principle playmaker. On the Rebels he may thrive, with Billy Meakes a terrific defender and exhausting runner, drawing in defenders to supply Hodge with area exterior.
For the Wallabies, he is probably not of enough high quality to oust Samu Kerevi (if he’s chosen there), Tevita Kuridrani (though injured quite a bit) or Australia’s newest nice hope, Jordan Petaia.
But when he’s given constant sport time in a single place, who’s to say what he may develop into.
Now, he in all probability wouldn’t get in my Wallabies matchday 23, however he would make my wider coaching squad, given his versatility (sure, I can see the irony).
At 24, it’s time for Hodge to take cost of his profession and, slightly than gathering caps off the bench plugging holes lay down a marker, draw a line within the sand and say, “That is the place I need to play and I’m going to develop my expertise till it’s important to choose me.”
Given the standard of the squad in Melbourne, perhaps he must look elsewhere – perhaps a stint in Europe to broaden his horizons? The latter will develop into an more and more widespread possibility for youthful gamers. Go to France, Eire or the UK for 2 or three years when younger, then return with a depth of information and understanding that others wouldn’t have.
Anyway, Hodge. Simply choose a place mate, and develop into a grasp of it, slightly than the Swiss Military knife participant that you just presently are.