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Injuries force Hodkinson to retire from NRL

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5th September, 2019
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Former NSW State of Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson has retired from rugby league after being unable to recover from persistent knee injuries.

Hodkinson has confirmed the 2019 season will be his last, and will end his career where it began at Manly in 2010.

An Origin-series winner with NSW in 2014 when he broke the Blues’ drought with a match-winning try in Game 2, Hodkinson also played in a grand final with Canterbury that year.

But he has battled knee injuries for the past four seasons after being a big-name recruit to Newcastle in 2016.

“Unfortunately due to a new injury sustained earlier this year, numerous medical procedures and intensive rehabilitation, I have been forced to give up the game that I love and will be medically retiring from rugby league,” Hodkinson said.

One of the NRL’s best organisers in his prime, the 174-game playmaker formed part of a formidable Canterbury attack in his first years under coach Des Hasler.

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But the 31-year-old was limited to just one NRL game – in the opening round – and three NSW Cup fixtures since reuniting with Hasler at the Sea Eagles this year.

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