Lee Hodson

Lee Hodson signed on loan from MK Dons until the end of the 2015/16 season on February 1st 2016, he left the club upon the expiry of his loan on 23rd May 2016. The 24 year old made his first team debut with Watford in 2009 and stayed with the Club until November 2012 when he moved to Brentford on loan.

In July 2013 he signed with MK Dons. Lee represented Northern Ireland U19s and U21s and was called up to the senior squad for the first time in November 2010 in a friendly against Morocco, and has accumulated 14 caps to date.

From his Wikipedia:

Hodson made named on Watford's substitute bench for the first time on 3 May 2009, in a home game against Derby County. He was brought in the 65th minute, as a substitute for Arsenal loanee Gavin Hoyte. The match finished as a 3–1 Watford win. Following two separate injuries to club captain Jay DeMerit early in the 2009–10 season, Adrian Mariappa moved to central defence, and Hodson started to play regularly in the Championship at right back. Hodson played in every Watford first team game in September and October 2009, and by November he had earned himself a three-year professional contract with the club. He went on to play 34 first-team matches that season—31 in the Championship—and picked up 2 yellow cards. Although primarily used at right-back, he deputised at left-back when Lloyd Doyley sustained an injury towards the end of the season. Hodson was named the Championship's Apprentice of the Month for November 2009, and was nominated for the division's Apprentice of the Year award; the other nominees were Adam Matthews and Nathan Modest. Matthews, an under-21 international for Wales, eventually won the award. At the start of the 2010–11 season, Hodson retained his place in the first team, playing in all of Watford's first eight league fixtures. However, following the arrival of left-back Andrew Taylor on loan from Middlesbrough, Hodson faced competition from Doyley for his place at right-back. After period out of the team, Hodson returned to Watford's starting line-up early in 2011, following Taylor's return to Middlesbrough. He scored his first ever senior goal against Leeds United in the Championship on 16 April 2011.

Following the arrival of left back Carl Dickinson, Hodson faced competition at right back from Doyley in the 2011–12 season. Hodson did not make his first start until 29 October. He featured regularly in subsequent months; by 3 March 2012 Hodson had made 20 league starts, although that date marked his last appearance in the 2011–12 season.

On 22 November 2012, Hodson joined Brentford on loan until early January. Hodson extended his loan with Brentford on 8 January 2013 until the end of the 2012–13 season. On 20 July 2013, Hodson joined Milton Keynes Dons on a one-year contract.

On 1 February 2016, Hodson signed for Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.

Although born and raised in England, Hodson is eligible to play for Northern Ireland as his paternal grandmother was born in the country's capital, Belfast. Having represented Northern Ireland at youth and under-19 levels, Hodson moved up to the under-21 team aged 17 in 2009. He played his first games at that level in a side captained by Hodson's former Watford team-mate Craig Cathcart. In March 2010 Northern Ireland under-21 manager Steve Beaglehole claimed that the English FA had approached Hodson with a view to him switching his allegiance to England.

Hodson remained with Northern Ireland, and was called up to the senior squad for the first time in November 2010, for a friendly against Morocco. He was subsequently selected for the match. Later that season, Hodson played all of Northern Ireland's matches in the Nations Cup. In 2011–12, Hodson played his first games in the UEFA European Football Championships, in Northern Ireland's qualifiers against Estonia and Italy.

Press Comments

1st February 2016: “I am delighted to join Kilmarnock until the end of the season and I am looking forward to establishing my place in the team and performing well for the Club.  I know Josh from Northern Ireland and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the boys. It is great for me to get the opportunity to join the Scottish Premier League and I can’t wait to get started.”


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