Sea Eagles send SOS to Hodko
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 yesterday and could join the Sea Eagles as early as tomorrow in preparation for their clash against Melbourne on Saturday.
Manly would be Hodkinson’s third club this year after starting 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 earlier 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 for the season, with Dylan Walker a hesitate 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.
The move virtually ensures Jackson Hastings will not play another top- grade game for Manly.