The Newcastle Knights’ signing of Trent Hodkinson on Monday has been met with delight from the Club’s Members and fans.
Hodkinson’s future teammates have also praised the Club’s acquisition and have spoken out about the attributes they expect the 26-year-old to bring when he arrives next season.
The halfback who will play in his sixth State of Origin match on Wednesday night will boost the Knights’ current halves and provide depth.
Five-eighth Jarrod Mullen was pleased to learn there would be an addition to the team and anticipates Hodkinson will bring sought-after leadership and experience.
“He’s the Origin halfback and anytime you can sign any Origin players (it’s good),” he told the media on Tuesday.
“With losing Beau Scott, and Joey (Leilua) and Kurt (Gidley) gone, a coup like that is good for the Club.
“I’m sure he’s going to enjoy Newcastle. It’s a beautiful place, so why wouldn’t he sign here?”
Mullen also believes the seasoned half will contribute to the dynamics of the team.
“That’s probably where we’ve been lacking, a bit of leadership on the field over the last couple of weeks. That’s no fault of anyones,” he added.
“It’s just been injuries and the way the season has gone this year."
He also thinks the dominant halfback will suit his game well.
“I’m a bit cruisey out on the field so it will be good to have him out there to help me along,” he said.
“He’s a quality player and the Origin halfback, so it’s a good coup for the Club."
After getting to know Hodkinson in Origin Blues camp during the week, Sione Mat’utia was thrilled to learn he would next year don the red and blue.
“I’m really excited and can’t wait,” he said.
“I spoke to him a couple of times on the camp and he’s a really good fella.
“He will bring a lot of direction…and where to go and knowing the role.
“He takes a lot of control in the Origin camps and from what I saw, when he comes over next year, I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to the Club.”