Trent Hodkinson

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Trent Hodkinson (born 31 August 1988) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the National Rugby League (NRL). A City New South Wales representative halfback, he previously played for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

A Cabramatta junior, Hodkinson was the Sea Eagles feeder club (Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles) player of the year in 2009 and made his first grade debut for Manly against the Parramatta Eels in Round 2 of the 2010 NRL season, scoring a try. His performance has been impressive with selection in the City Origin team to play Country Origin.

He has signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on a 3-year deal starting from 2011 onwards.[1]

After much heartache of being injured over the 2011/2012 season Hodkinson was unable to cement his spot as starting halfback for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, until the 2014 season shining on multiple occasions to get score the Bulldogs seven successive victories. Hodkinson was subsequently named to make his State of Origin debut for New South Wales in Game I of the 2014 series. Hodkinson and fellow Bulldogs player Josh Reynolds replaced the incumbent halves pairing of Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney for the 2014 series and led NSW to a victory in Game I. Hodkinson was the try scorer and goal kicker that ended the 8 year winning streak of the QLD Maroons in Game II. NSW took the series in two consecutive wins, which was their first series win since 2005.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

2014

Due to Hodkinson's amazing and surprising style of play he was selected to represent New South Wales in the annual State of Origin. Tries to Jarryd Hayne and Brett Morris and missed conversions catapulted the Blues to a 10-4 lead at half time, with Hodkinson kicking a penalty goal. During the second half a Darius Boyd try shot the Maroons to a 10-8 deficit. Another Hodkinson penalty led the Blues to an emphatic victory in Game I. Hodkinson was called up to the Blues squad again for Game II. Two penalties to Maroons five-eighth Johnathan Thurston led the Maroons to a 4-0 lead at half-time. After 71 minutes of play Hodkinson crossed over to score the match's first try, and level it up with the Blues. A conversion decided the score 6-4. The Blues held on to win after eight years of Maroon glory, with Hodkinson scoring the Blues only points. Labelled as a "hero", some would say that is true.

After leading the Bulldogs with perfect kicks and thumping tackles, the Bulldogs made the Top 8 at the end of the season, narrowly. During the Bulldogs vs Storm Elimination Final round, Hodkinson kicked 4 goals and scored a try to assist his team into winning 28-4. In the Semi-Final the Bulldogs played a close game with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with Hodkinson kicking two field goals to win 18-17. In the Preliminary Final the Bulldogs beat the Penrith Panthers 18-12 to secure their place in the 2014 NRL Grand Final.

After Canterbury captain Michael Ennis was ruled out of the 2014 NRL Grand Final due to a foot injury, Hodkinson along with teammate James Graham were named co-captains of the Bulldogs for the match. [2] Hodkinson kicked 1 goal in the Bulldogs 30-6 Grand Final loss.[3][4]

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