Return likely for Hodkinson
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.