Hodkinson deserved Clubman winner

Trent Hodkinson was named Clubman of the Year at the 2016 Awards Evening for the stellar work he does in the local community.

"I'm very proud to be awarded Clubman of the Year, and I guess I share this with a lot of kids out there that I've seen over the 26 weeks of the season," he told Knights TV following the accolade.

A big part of the work that Hodkinson does is centred around his Tren7s Kick for Kids initiative, through which he visits a child in hospital, writes their name on his kicking tee for that week's game and gives them some gifts.

"It's just a little initiative I can do," he explained.

"As a goal kicker we get a little bit of airtime. If a kid is doing it tough then I love to write their name on the tee and hopefully they can see it.

"There's been a lot of hard work behind the scenes from Sally Harper (Newcastle Knights Community Manager) and the Children's Hospital at John Hunter as well."

And with the 2016 season done and dusted at the completion of the Club's Awards Evening, Hodkinson said he can't wait to get back into it when pre-season starts on November 1.

"This season is just finished but I'm very excited already," he grinned.

"I know there's been a lot of young guys that have been blooded this year, and I want to be a part of that."