Manly and NSW playmaker Trent Hodkinson has announced his retirement from the game after suffering career-ending knee injuries.
Hodkinson confirmed that 2019 will be his final season in the NRL, ending his career where it started, with the Sea Eagles.
The 31-year-old was an Origin-series winner with the Blues in 2014, which included a match-winning try in game II, and also played in the grand final for Canterbury that year.
Hodkinson was a headlining recruit for Newcastle in 2016, but has battled with knee injuries the last four seasons.
“Unfortunately due to a new injury sustained earlier this year, numerous medical procedures and intensive rehabilitation, I have been forced to give up the game that I love and will be medically retiring from rugby league,” Hodkinson said.
Hodkinson ends his career with 174 games and was notably a major role player within Canterbury’s attack under coach Des Hasler.
The Blues coordinator managed to run out for just the one NRL game this season in the opening fixture, and featured in three NSW Cup clashes since making a return under Hasler in Manly.