In early 2004, Hodges broke up with his long-time girlfriend and was given two weeks sympathy leave from the Roosters. Hodges caused further disruption to the Roosters when he missed a training session and club functions to spend time with his friends and family. After Hodges played in Game 1 of the 2004 State of Origin series in the Maroons 9-8 loss at ANZ Stadium, Roosters coach Ricky Stuart put Hodges into the lower grade premier league. Hodges however, made it back into the first grade Roosters team in Round 12, scoring a hat trick against the New Zealand Warriors in the Roosters 58-6 win at ANZ Stadium. In the following week in Round 13, Hodges was sent off for a high shot on Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player and Queensland teammate Steve Price in the Roosters 40-12 loss at ANZ Stadium. Hodges was subsequently suspended for 6 weeks. In mid 2004, Hodges went to Brisbane to talk to Broncos coach Wayne Bennett to seek a return to the Broncos. This was approved by Roosters boss Brian Canavan, but Roosters coach Stuart did not know that Hodges wanted a release from the club. After several off-field incidents, Hodges was expected to leave the Roosters mid-season and go to the Broncos, but the Broncos did not want this. On 4 October 2004, Hodges played for the Roosters at centre in their 2004 NRL Grand Final 16-13 loss against cross-Sydney rivals, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Hodges played in 21 matches and scored 7 tries in his last year with the Sydney Roosters.