A Cabramatta junior, where he grew up playing alongside fellow young guns Kris Keating, Jarryd Hayne, Krisnan Inu and Tony Williams, Hodkinson made his NRL debut for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles against the Parramatta Eels in round two of the 2010 NRL season, scoring a try on debut in a dramatic 24-20 loss at Parramatta Stadium.
Hodkinson was recruited to Manly from Parramatta prior to the start of the 2009 season, a year in which he won a Queensland Cup Premiership playing alongside now club mate Tim Browne at the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles.
Named Sunshine Coast’s player of the year at the conclusion of the season, Hodkinson was widely tipped to take over the spot vacated by long-time Manly captain Matt Orford following his departure to Bradford in the English Super League.
Canterbury-Bankstown Head Coach Des Hasler earmarked the young half to shine during his time at Manly after he showed talent playing a particular hard roll in 2010.
Trent’s’ form in 2010 also saw him be selected to represent the NSW City Side.
Hodkinson made the move from the Northern Beaches back over the Bridge to the Bulldogs, close to where he played his Junior football.
Trent proved his quality during a tough first season with the Club, playing 22 out of 24 matches for the year with his only absence coming through suspension. Blessed with an old head on young shoulders, much excitement was raised around him reuniting with former coach Des Hasler in 2012.
Trent endured a tough 2012 with a recurring knee injury as well as both of his shoulders seeing him take the field in only 4 matches.
Trent showed courage to get through two shoulder reconstructions as well as Stem Cell surgery on his knee to return in 2013, fighting hard to regain the Half-Back and kicking roll.
Trent has recently resigned with the club until the end of 2016.