Hodges can obviously play footy, his biggest problem is the fact he has 1 of the worlds most consistent & quality hookers in front of him. Still a youngster, he has great attributes of the modern day 9 & his abilities are far more than individual. By asking many questions of that ruck area it takes heat off DCE & Foran which will add scoring ability to a classy attacking side who unfortunately at times, looks short of options. Hid defence also seems solid, including his limited game time in pressure situations & big games at the back of the 2014 season. I like him as in impact introduced 25-30 mins into each half but definately see him as a great option in the 17. Can understand ppl wanting a big boppers rotating off the bench, but 3 can get the job done imo, as we have some great backrow depth who are built to play long minutes in Buhrer, Symonds, Horo & Leary. Big concerns leaving him out of the 17 are.... Other clubs will circle & offer him the starting position. The importance of a dummy half is key, Melbourne with no Smith are rudderless. Ballin is nearing careers end & need to be replaced. Hodges already has that genuine Manly pedigree instilled - toughness & attitude. Has skill , speed, vision & tenacity - ticks the boxes & will only improve.