Manly to rush Hodkinson into No.6 to play Storm

 

Trent Hodkinson is on the verge of signing with Manly. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images
Trent Hodkinson is on the verge of signing with Manly. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty Images

MANLY coach Trent Barrett is hoping to get experienced playmaker Trent Hodkinson signed up and ready to pull on a Sea Eagles jersey by Saturday.

Hodkinson is in the process of finalising a deal with the Sea Eagles, believed to be until the end of 2019.

He will be released by Cronulla to join the northern beaches club immediately. MANLY coach Trent Barrett is hoping to get experienced playmaker Trent Hodkinson signed up and ready to pull on a Sea Eagles jersey by Saturday.

And Barrett wants to pick him at five-eighth for Saturday's game against Melbourne.

"I'm hoping that should get done today," Barrett said yesterday.

"If we get him in early enough this week we'll have two (training) sessions this week.

"The way we play and with his role in the team, he's an experienced player and it'd be a pretty seamless I think.

"But I'll make that decision once he gets in here, but it is a possibility."

Trent Hodkinson signs his Sharks contract. Pic: Cronulla Sharks.
Trent Hodkinson signs his Sharks contract. Pic: Cronulla Sharks.

Hodkinson battled injury during last season when at Newcastle, and was released to join the Sharks this year as a back-up playmaker.

Now he'll likely be asked to fill the No.6 jersey at Manly for the remainder of the season, after the knee injury to Lachlan Croker.

The Sea Eagles had tried to poach the former Origin playmaker earlier in the year, but the NRL blocked the move due to Manly's salary cap drama which has prevented them signing players.

"We did try and get Hodko earlier in the season and it got vetoed by the salary cap dramas," Barrett said.

"Fingers crossed that will happen today. He'll give us another older player in the joint.

"He'll give us a steady head, he brings a really good kicking game and a level of calmness to the team."