Kimmorley guiding Bulldog pups
CANTERBURY halfback Trent H o d k i n s o n c r e d i t s B r e t t Kimmorley’s mentorship for his strong start to the season.
Hodkinson has been in superb form since arriving at the club from Manly and the Bulldogs are the only unbeaten team in the NRL, having won all three games so far.
The 22-year-old said halves coach Kimmorley, who retired at the end of last season, had been instrumental in helping him and another new signing, five-eighth Kris Keating, hit the ground running at their new club.
‘‘ Noddy was a great player, and to have the chance to work with someone like him was a real factor in me coming to the club, and I have learned a great deal from him,’’ Hodkinson said.
‘‘ He has really worked on our kicking games and spends a lot of time talking to us about the game and what to expect, he is an excellent communicator and has been a big help.’’
Former Parr a matta j uni o r Hodkinson admits leaving Manly was the toughest decision of his short career, but revealed the reaction from his former coach Des Hasler had been more than generous.
‘‘ Leaving Manly was very hard, I had my first full season in firstgrade there and I really loved the place,’’ Hodkinson said.
‘‘ Des was very disappointed to lose me, but he said he fully r e s p e c t e d my d e c i s i o n a n d wished me all the best which meant a lot to me.
‘‘ Telling the boys I was going was also very hard but they understood, but I am delighted to be here at the ’ Dogs and the start we have had is better than we could have hoped for considering we have so many new faces.’’
Kimmorley said the close relationship Hodkinson and Keating had off the field was one of the main factors in their early success on it.
The pair played together as schoolboys and in Parramatta’s junior sides.