Rumour: Trent Hodkinson to leave the Knights

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    From Fox Sports

    MANLY’S ongoing salary cap investigation could cost them a halves partner for Daly Cherry-Evans for a second time as the NRL awaits the club’s response to the breach notice issued early last month.

    According to a report posted on the Wide World of Sports website Manly has a contract ready to offer current Newcastle half Trent Hodkinson but won’t be allowed to proceed until the NRL is satisfied that their salary cap dramas have been sufficiently resolved.

    The Sea Eagles asked for and were granted an extension to the standard five-day appeal process after the breach notice was issued on December 11 and have until the end of January to file their submission.

    Until that happens and the NRL Integrity Unit is able to complete its investigation it is unlikely any new contracts will be registered, putting not only the Hodkinson deal but also the one trumpeted to bring former Dragon Joel Thompson to the club in some doubt.


    Despite the Sea Eagles announcing prior to Christmas the signing of Thompson on a two-year deal the contract has not yet been submitted to the NRL and will likely not be approved until the club can prove it will be salary cap compliant for the 2018 season.

    The NRL Integrity Unit is not due to reconvene until mid-January but an NRL spokesman told foxsports.com.au that Manly’s response to the breach notice is not expected to be received at NRL headquarters until just before the deadline.

    Having released Blake Green so that he could take up a three-year deal with the Warriors and missed out on the signature of Mitchell Pearce, the Sea Eagles are still searching for an experienced half to play alongside Cherry-Evans in 2018.


    Hodkinson was the 2010 NRL Rookie of the Year at Manly before joining the Bulldogs on a rich three-year deal at the end of the season but will struggle to break into the Knights’ starting 17 in 2018 following the arrival of both Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson from the Roosters.

    It leaves Hodkinson without an NRL team to play in and Manly a spot on their roster that needs filling but bringing the two parties together could be a convoluted and potentially drawn-out process.

    In recent years Hodkinson’s career had been plagued by knee injuries and midway through the 2017 season the Newcastle captain suffered the ignominy of being dropped to the Intrust Super Premiership for more than two months.

    He returned to play a key role as the side won three games on the trot late in the year but the development of Brock Lamb and acquisitions of Pearce and Watson make him excess to Newcastle’s requirements with a year to run on his contract.

    Renowned for his work within the community at the Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and now Knights, Hodkinson was responsible for the most heart-wrenching story of 2017 when he escorted a terminally ill teenager to her formal in Kurri Kurri.

    Sadly, Hannah Rye passed away just a month later, Hodkinson writing her name on his wrist strapping as a final tribute.


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    Manly remain hopeful of signing Trent Hodkinson amid salary cap dramas


    MATT LOGUE, The Daily Telegraph
    January 9, 2018 6:00am



    MANLY CEO Lyall Gorman has confirmed the Sea Eagles remain hopeful of signing Trent Hodkinson to partner Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves this season.

    Hodkinson’s mooted move to Brookvale hit a roadblock prior to Christmas due to the club’s third party salary cap issues.

    It’s understood Manly are ready to offer the former NSW Origin half a contract, but they won’t be given the green light until the NRL is satisfied that their cap dramas have been resolved.

    The Sea Eagles were granted an extension to the customary five-day appeal process after the breach notice was issued on December 11 and have until the end of January to file their submission.

    Until then, the NRL Integrity Unit is able to complete its investigation it is unlikely any new contracts will be registered.

    Manly announced former Dragons forward Joel Thompson on a two-year deal in December, but the contract won’t be approved until the club can prove it is cap compliant for the 2018 season.

    The NRL Integrity Unit will resume in mid-January and it’s understood Manly’s response to the breach notice won’t be received at NRL headquarters until just before the deadline.

    After releasing Blake Green to the Warriors on a three-year deal and missing out on Mitchell Pearce, the Sea Eagles are desperate to land an experienced half to play alongside Cherry-Evans.

    Gorman said Hodkinson remained on the club’s radar, while the playmaker’s manager David Riolo also revealed Manly were still a chance.

    It comes as Hodkinson resumed training with Newcastle this week.

    Knights officials expect the veteran halfback to honour the final season of his contract in 2018 if his deal with Manly falls through.


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  3. LEVR

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    Lmao at that last paragraph

    Wtf else is supposed to transpire?
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Pretty damn funny alright.

    Wonder how much NRL will put us to the sword when we are over a million under the cap next year.

    Or do we run the risk of front loading contracts, than having players go boo hoo when in 2 years time their manager gets in their ear about being well under market value.
     
  5. Wobbles

    Wobbles Ben Rogers

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    You'd like to think that a player breaking a front-ended contract would be required to repay the proportion of the amount they were given early on.
    (On a personal note I'd love to have my employment contracts front-ended, would save a ton of interest on the mortgage paying it off early so wouldn't miss the pay reduction down the track).

    Bloody hate how player managers operate, but you can understand why they do. When they're paid a percentage of the negotiated contract why wouldn't they ***** and moan the player deserves more.
     
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    Frankly the clubs have themselves to blame. The clubs hold the moral position in choosing not to release players from back ended contracts without compensation to the club

    Player managers are professional salesmen and negotiators. And it seems as though clubs best interests, in some cases, is represented by individuals less skilled than the player managers with who they negotiate. What else do they expect to happen?
     
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  7. slotmachine

    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Seeing as Watson looks like Ponga's cover keeping Cogger around is pretty important.
     
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    Damn these infernal retention and selection dramas, life was far easier when we had only half of a team of experienced or quality players to select from :shrug:
     
  9. EASBay17

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    I dont think we will want to change our halves to cover fb. got ross and meaney to fill in. A long term injury to ponga early in the season is the only time id consider shifting watson.
     
  10. slotmachine

    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Words came out of CEOs mouth, he might have half an idea what the plan is.
     
  11. Ethan

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    Ross was never in position at F/b so either Lamb to 5/8 and Watson to F/b or Pythian to F/b , imo leave Ross on the wing its the only position he excels at .
     
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    I think its pretty obvious that Watson is better suited to fullback than in the halves. And Ponga is the only reason he isnt playing there for us
     
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    I cant see how it’s “obvious” let’s just let the coaches do there jobs!
     
  14. danknights

    danknights Darren Albert

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    Watson is a gids 2.0. Utility value is better then standalone positions from what we have seen of him so far.
     
  15. Wobbles

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    Wouldn't that make him Gids 3.0?
     
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    Totally. Ive been saying the same to friends. Very similar players. I have trouble spotting a difference tbh
     
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    I think Brown may have said it too.
     
  18. danknights

    danknights Darren Albert

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    Well no because m gids was a centre.....:p
     
  19. EASBay17

    EASBay17 Michael Eagar

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    missed that one
     
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