Star man Hodge looks forward to new season

Stenhousemuir's Bryan Hodge is presented with the Falkirk Herald Starshot Award from Warriors correspondent Arthur McTague.'Pic by Alan Murray  04-05-13
Stenhousemuir's Bryan Hodge is presented with the Falkirk Herald Starshot Award from Warriors correspondent Arthur McTague.'Pic by Alan Murray 04-05-13
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Starshot winner Bryan Hodge shrugged off the disappointment of losing out on a play-off place as he was named Falkirk Herald Starshot winner 2012/13.

The Falkirk Herald’s Stenhousemuir correspondent Arthur McTague handed over this year’s trophy to the cultured midfielder after the last gasp defeat to Stranraer on the final day of the 
season.

“It was a disappointing end to the season,” the 24 -year-old said.

“But I am delighted to receive the Heraldsport Trophy.

“It is, of course, a team game, but it is, nevertheless, nice to be rewarded individually. I thank the Falkirk Herald for this recognition and the paper’s support throughout the season.

“The Stranraer match result and play-offs apart, it was a good end to the season for me.”

The former Partick Thistle man was alluding to the new deal he penned before the kick-off.

Formerly of Blackburn Rovers Hodge has plenty to offer at his relatively young age. still just 24 and is looking forward already to the new campaign.

“I’ve enjoyed it immensely here and I think we could have gone closer had we not been so unlucky with injuries and suspension, especially to Rossco (Ross McMillan) and Buisty (Scot Buist)” he went on.

“If we had had the two big guys in the centre of defence regulary I believe we would have gone close.

Beating Kilmarnock and taking Inverness to extra time were probably the highlights, but the boss has retained the nucleus of a good side and if he can bring in one or two others we can kick on and go one better next year.”

Hodge’s manager Martyn Corrigan added his congratulations saying, “I was delighted to get Bryan tied down for next season before the game and his winning the Starshot Trophy is a reflection on his consistency and underlines how important a player he is for us.”