Re­turn likely for Hod­kin­son

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

TRENT Hod­kin­son’s lon­gawaited re­turn to Manly is now back on the ta­ble, with the Sea Ea­gles of­fer­ing the half an 18month deal.

While Cronulla had yet to re­ceive the pa­per­work, the par­ties have a hand­shake agree­ment that they will re­lease Hod­kin­son should he re­ceive a multi-year deal.

Hod­kin­son pulled out of the New­town Jets clash in the NSW In­trust Su­per Premier­ship yes­ter­day and could join Manly as early as to­mor­row in preparation for their next clash against Mel­bourne on Sat­ur­day.

Manly would be Hod­kin­son’s third club this year af­ter start­ing the pre-sea­son at New­cas­tle.

He joined Cronulla in Fe­bru­ary and has played four top­grade games as a back-up to Matt Moy­lan.

The Sea Ea­gles were keen to lure him when he was re­leased from New­cas­tle this year, only to be ham­strung by the NRL’s salary cap in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

An in­jury-rav­aged Manly side have lost the off-con­tract Lach­lan Cro­ker (knee) for the sea­son, with Dy­lan Walker a makeshift five-eighth as they still re­cover from the off-sea­son de­par­ture of Blake Green.

Hod­kin­son, 29, made his top grade de­but for Manly in 2010, play­ing 24 matches be­fore join­ing the Bull­dogs.

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