NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Trent Hodkinson of the Knights in action during the round 25 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Hunter Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Trent Hodkinson is set to join the Cronulla Sharks for training this week, having finally come to terms with the club.

The halfback departs Newcastle after a tumultuous stint with the Knights, having fallen from a State of Origin half to a reserve grade regular in the space of eighteen months.

Following the signings of Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson along with the rise of young stars Brock Lamb and Jack Cogger, Hodkinson has fallen drastically down Newcastle’s pecking order.

The move creates an interesting conundrum for Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, possibly creating a massive domino effect for Cronulla’s backline.

If Hodkinson were to step straight into first-grade, the move would push Chad Townsend to five-eighth, Matt Moylan to fullback, Valentine Holmes to the wing and Aaron Gray to reserve grade.

It’s certainly a blow for Flanagan’s son Kyle, a young half pushing for an NRL following a stellar year for the club’s Holden Cup team.

The Knights will still pay a margin of the former rep halfback’s salary, but reports suggest Newcastle have already paid him half of his 2018 salary, shifting the payments into their 2017 salary cap, having been so far under the limit.

Hodkinson’s departure is also a blow to Manly, who were banking on him returning to the club he started his career with.

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Unfortunately for the Sea Eagles, the salary cap investigation into the club hangs a nasty black cloud over the side, a sense of lacking stability certain to turn away potential recruits.

Hodkinson is expected to feature in at least one trial for Cronulla before beginning his career at the Shire, while Newcastle will begin the Mitchell Pearce era with a closed off trial against Melbourne next weekend.


  1. How about this bloke to halfback and Chad to the reserves for a stint? Moylan 5/8, Dugan Centre and leave Holmes at fullback. Lots of combinations possible and even more depth and versatility for the sharks.. Happy problems for Flanno.

  2. Moylan at fullback
    Dugan at centre
    Townsend at 5/8th
    Hodkinson at halfback ( also goal kicker )
    Holmes at wing

    Feki or gray to miss out

    • The article doesn’t suggest the NRL blocked Manly signing him though, it suggests that the investigation may have put some doubt in his mind about signing with them.

    • Also manly were that at under the cap, they could easily sign Thompson and allow for a salary deduction and still be under this year.
      Manly were the best part of a mil under this years cap so had lots of wriggle room, and really it’s good news for us manly supporters cause don’t want hodgkinson

    • other articles suggest that lack of clarity around what they had to spend has impacted their ability to negotiate and sign players.
      oh well….I cant say I am upset about that 😉

  3. Smart move by Trent Hodgkinson.
    Manly should be playing for no points this year if the NRL have any consistency in dealing with cheats.
    Every other side will target DC€ and shut manly down very easily this season 😊 Knights will be the first.
    Hehehe.. tbh, i like seeing manly lose nearly as much as i like seeing my own team win

    • Are you still creating fake forum accounts mychookmycar/ manlymatt/ parraman/ etc.
      How many time have you been banned douche?

  4. Good signing, Hodkinson can get them to a GF if his knees hold up, I still rate him a lot just get a team around him and he’ll be reliable. I hope to see young Flanno this season, as well as Blayke Brailey, Magoulis and Nikora. I think this may be Segeyaros last year with the sharks before he heads off, with both Brailey brothers as 1-2 punch in the future. Also what’s happening with Jack Williams sharks fans? He’s a gun half too.

    1. Moylan
    2. Feki
    3. Leutele
    4. Dugan
    5. Holmes
    6. Townsend
    7. Hodkinson
    8. Fifita
    9. Brailey
    10. Prior
    11. Lewis
    12. Graham
    13. Gallen

    14. Segeyaro
    15. Seumanufangai
    16. Uele
    17. Bukuya

    • Arron Gray is the best back Cronulla could have bought, i am spewing he left Souths for more money rather than play for his junior club that will finish heaps ahead of his new team, anyway watch Gray become the main guy in the Sharks back line.

    • Agreed. When you can’t crack the wooden spoon team there’s something wrong. His signing won’t change anything, it will still be Moylan and Townsend as the halves, he’ll only get a run if one of them gets injured. Flanno Jnr is still too young for first grade, might get a game or two but his body won’t be ready for week in week out NRL.

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