Halfback Trent Hodkinson has been released by the Newcastle Knights. Picture: Getty Images
Halfback Trent Hodkinson has been released by the Newcastle Knights. Picture: Getty Images

Knights offload Hodkinson to Sharks

CRONULLA have agreed terms with former NSW State of Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson, after the Newcastle Knights last night announced they had granted him an immediate release.

The 29-year old will meet with Sharks officials today and is expected to sign a one-year deal worth around $150,000 with the club this week.

The Sharks had grown increasingly frustrated in their pursuit of Hodkinson, awaiting the Knights to negotiate a payout with the former Canterbury No.7.

Cronulla have beaten Manly to his signature, after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Newcastle. Hodkinson will now battle rising star Kyle Flanagan, the son of coach Shane Flanagan, to back up starting halves Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend.

 

Halfback Trent Hodkinson has been released by the Newcastle Knights. Picture: Getty Images
Halfback Trent Hodkinson has been released by the Newcastle Knights. Picture: Getty Images

 

The veteran half completes a successful off-season recruitment drive for the 2016 premiers, who have signed NSW and Australian centre Josh Dugan and former Penrith captain Moylan.

With Valentine Holmes set to start at fullback and Josh Dugan to partner Ricky Leutele in the centres, Sosaia Feki and former South Sydney flyer Aaron Gray are expected to take the wing spots.

Hodkinson was the fifth-choice half at the Knights behind Mitchell Pearce, Connor Watson, Brock Lamb and Jack Cogger.

Newcastle had reportedly prepaid Hodkinson half of his $850,000 salary for this season to include it in the 2017 salary cap. A further $100,000 had been paid this season, which was why the Knights were reluctant to pay out any more on his contract.



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