Retired! Hodkinson farewells NRL fans

Trent Hodkinson has officially hung up the boots.

Forced to retire due to injuries, the halfback enjoyed two years with the Knights before moving to the Sharks.

The Sea Eagles halfback made his first-grade debut for Manly in 2010 and has played 174 games in the NRL, which also included stints at Canterbury (2011-15), Newcastle (2016-17) and Cronulla (2018).

The news broke last week but the playmaker waited until the dust had settled before reflecting on the journey.

Hodkinson posted the following message on Instagram:

“Now that the dust has settled I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has reached out over the last few days following my retirement. All of your kind words and messages have been very humbling.

“There are so many great memories I will take with me from the footy field that I could mention, but the most special moments I will take away from the game are the ones off the field. The ones I shared with the real heroes. The kids. I was so lucky to have met so many brave and courageous kids and their families. Thank you for making me a better person.

“To my teammates, coaches, staff, everybody behind the scenes, thank you. There are way too many to mention. You all know who you are. Plenty that will be lifelong friends.

“Although it wasn’t the way I intended it to finish, I am looking forward to the next chapter and what is ahead.”

On the representative front, he played six games for NSW in 2014-15, and for City in 2010. His shining moment on the rep stage was scoring the match-winning try for the Blues in 2014 which helped the state break Queensland's stranglehold on the State of Origin trophy.