Hodges back at Rivoli
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Devon Hodges is back at Rivoli United FC, armed with a plan to help the South Central Confederation Super League team return to the Premier League.
The out-of-favour national striker returned to Rivoli after a season-long loan spell at TDCS Dong Thap FC in the Vietnam League that ended last August.
In three games thus far, Hodges has scored twice and pushed Rivoli to second position on six points, just a point off leaders Appleton Estate, in Zone B.
"The plan is to return Rivoli United to the National Premier League," Hodges told The Gleaner. "I intend to do my best at Rivoli and score lots of goals."
Rivoli United are also competing in the LIME St Catherine Happy Sutherland Knockout and will play a semi-final game against LIME St Catherine Division One side, Travellers FC, on Thursday at Spanish Town Prison Oval, starting at 5 p.m. Hodges has scored once in that competition.
With regards to the national senior men's team, the 28-year-old striker disclosed that he still harbours ambitions of playing.
"I still want to play for Jamaica. At this point, I don't know what is happening, as I have not been contacted," he revealed.
In six international appearances for the Reggae Boyz since 2009, Hodges has scored twice.
Hodges, a prolific goalscorer at the club level in Jamaica, started his senior career at Wadadah in 2003, then moved to Rivoli United in 2006 and scored eight goals in six Premier League playoff matches in the 2007-08 season. The following year, he helped Rivoli gain promotion to the Premier League.
In his first season in the nation's top flight, he topped the goalscorer's chart with 24 goals. The following season, Hodges scored 18 goals and ended joint leading scorer. However, Rivoli were relegated from the Premier League to the South Central Confederation Super League at the end of the 2009-10 season.
On September 2, 2010, Hodges signed a loan deal with Tivoli Gardens, where he scored six goals in 15 games, before going on loan at Song Lam Nghe An in Vietnam in January 2011. He scored nine times in 12 matches.
In 2012, the stockily built striker signed another loan agreement with TDCS Dong Thap FC in the V-League. He scored once in four games. Now he is back with Rivoli.