NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Trent Hodkinson of the Knights prepares for a kick during the round 22 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

The Manly Sea Eagles are poised to offer a one year deal to out-of-favour Newcastle halfback Trent Hodkinson after missing out on Mitchell Pearce.

With Pearce’s prized signature slipping through their grasps, Manly are still looking for a half after Blake Green was released to the Warriors.

Developing playmakers LukeΒ Metcalf, LachlanΒ CrockerΒ and Tom Wright could all be an option but Manly are looking for an experienced first-grade halfback and Hodkinson fits the bill.

Hodkinson made his first-grade debut at Manly, meaning that he’s had past experience with his possible future halves partner Daly-Cherry Evans.

After joining the Bulldogs, Hodkinson steered his club into a grand final, and single-handily ended the NSW Blue’s eight-year drought.

Since then, Hodkinson has been languishing in Newcastle’s Intrust Super Cup, not even included in the Top 5 reserve grade halfbacks.

Manly is an ideal location for Hodkinson to resurrect his fading career.

Manly CEO Lyall Gorman was disappointed after he crucially missed out on Pearce.

“On behalf of our members, fans and corporate partners, we made a serious effort to secure Mitchell’s services, but there was always a limit to that offer in order to ensure our ability to continue to attract and retain the very best playing group over the years to come,” said Manly CEO Lyall Gorman.

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“There are a number of very capable and exciting young players coming through our ranks and a major focus is to invest strongly in their development.

“We wish Mitchell every success in his future career.”

Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett said the club would move forward.

“We put in a very strong offer for Mitchell. We were not going to get in a bidding war with any other club,” Barrett said.

“Mitchell was honest through the whole process and we wish him all the best.

“We move forward with a very, very competitive playing roster for 2018 and onwards. We look forward to the year ahead.”


  1. He has never been the flashy type who will look awesome on a field. He does all the little things, is a good defender, kicks and chases well and is a good goal kicker. Really same as green but kicks goals, unfortunately maybe a little injury prone these days

  2. Hodkinson is currently on about 600k at the Knights. I wouldn’t have thought Manly would be offering that sort of money considering his trouble with a knee injury.

    • Would think he be on half that at manly, knights will have to chip In, they would know he way down in the pecking order there and pointless paying someone 600 to play reserves all year when not needed

    • Will you renew your MW football club membership at last? That way you won’t keep getting your email (mailbox) being spammed by Lyall Gorman (aka “Mr Gorman”) begging you to come back. πŸ˜‚

    • Well he did send me an email but I doubt I’m that β€œprivy β€œπŸ˜‚ many past members would have also received one however Groupies don’t cut it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. i, for one, will be surprised if he gets a gig anywhere – not on playing ability but purely on physical ability.
    From all reports the only reason he wasnt in NRL with NWC was due to his knees – they are gone and he can barely get through half a game, let alone a full pre-season or season of training.
    Its a bit of shame really, he was always that reliable half, while not flashy or an elite player, he always gave his best and was reasonably consistent over his career.
    For MWSE supporters- whats the story about the salary cap? It was reported that a major issue with signing Pearce was not the actual $$’s involved, moreso it was that the contract offered was heavily back ended due to salary cap restraints. With the current roster, how so? Is DCE’s contract heavily front-ended or overpaid for some? Its not a smart-a$$ question, just one i cant work out…

    • DCE will haunt us for a very long time , we can’t prepare for our future and we will struggle to retain the next generation of possible stars , our money is tied up with DCE , Turbo and Jake , with the only one worth feeding being Jake !

    • That’s a great prediction coming from someone who doesn’t know the difference between motor vehicles and poultry.

      • Manly :
        Worst supported club in the nrl.
        Worst home ground in the nrl.
        Worst managed club in the nrl.
        Worst team dynamics in the nrl.
        Gosford does not want you back.
        Bottom 4 for sure. Sorry if the truth hurts.

        • Richest ground sponsor in NRL history,
          We actually have a home ground
          We spanked you this year big time πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          With an average line up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
          SPANKED I SAY
          NOW seriously are you a rooster or a chicken hawk πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        • Add to that screaming they actually took time out of there life to post on ANOTHER MANLY ARTICLE πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ZT is a MWSE ZONE πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ no other club is loved like MANLY

        • Roy Morgan Research released the stats about the Nrl Club with the highest supporter base a few months ago. Manly came in about 8th from memory. And they had significantly bigger numbers than the Roosters. It does only account for supporters living in Australia but that would not significantly impact any clubs numbers other than the Warriors.

        • “no other club is loved like MANLY”, except the 7 or 8 clubs with more supporters (based on the Morgan research), and the 14 clubs with more members.

          Maybe it’s your auto correct and you actually meant, “no other club is LOATHED like MANLY “. I could understand, and agree with that.

        • That’s the way mighty , lovn your hate , nearly 100 years and no !
          Your just dirty , but all is not lost , you got the Hayne plain πŸ˜‚ back so odds are your due for another shhhpooooooon

  4. If his knee can hold up he will exactly the type of halves partner DCE needs. That is a huge if though.

  5. I like Trent however this is not going forward , should he sign for another year that will be 2 years now without a stable halves combo , (not counting before green, but realistically we haven’t been stable for some time) I’m calling for the club to blood juniors and that’s not wastings! Do it now , we need to focus on the next 3/5 years not the next season ,

    • You are right it is also easy to forget that DCE is 28 now. In another two years, as you speculated, DCE will be in the veteran class. The question is though do Manly have any young halves that are NRL standard.

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