Hull FC have announced head coach Brett Hodgson has stepped down from his role at the club following a disappointing Super League season.

Hodgson first took over the Airlie Birds at the start of the 2021 season after serving as an assistant with the Wests Tigers in the Australian NRL.

He began life well at Hull FC, losing only one of his opening seven matches, but a drop off meant they finished eighth in the table.

This season has been marred by inconsistency and the Black and Whites ended the campaign in ninth place – missing out on the play-offs by six points.

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They have suffered many injury problems and ended up losing 12 of their last 16 games to plummet down the standings in the Betfred Super League.

A 36-4 home defeat by rivals Hull KR was described by Hodgson as “disgusting” and it proved to be his last match in charge.

Now the search begins for a new head coach which the club say will be sorted “in the near future” ahead of a full pre-season schedule.

“I would like to thank Brett for his commitment and dignity,” chairman Adam Pearson told the club website.

“Brett joined us during a period of transition and the disruption caused by Covid-19, as well as facing further challenges presented by injuries and suspensions.

“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway, with a focused shortlist to identify the right person to get the best out of our senior squad, but also someone who will continue to embrace our long-term strategy from grassroots to first-team.”

Assistant coach Kieran Purtill and head of performance Paul Hatton will also leave the club.

The Betfred Super League play offs begin on Friday with Catalans Dragons playing host to Leeds Rhinos (Catalans 1/2, Leeds 17/10, tie 18/1) in the first eliminator.

Huddersfield Giants then play Salford Red Devils (Huddersfield 5/6, Salford EVS, tie 18/1) on Saturday looking to also reach the semi-finals.

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