Who Replaces Hodkinson as Goal-Kicker?
Trent Hodkinson’s season has come to end after he suffered a wrist injury in the 20-18 victory over the Knights last Saturday and after being the number one goal kicker at the club for the past three seasons, the Bulldogs will need to find a replacement for the sharp shooter.
The halfback has been the club’s goal-kicker since round six of the 2013 season and after being hit with a series of injuries throughout the 2012 season, Hodkinson made his return to the Bulldogs side against the Roosters in round six where he went on to play 20 games in 2013 and kick at 75% for the year.
The NSW representative had an outstanding year with the boot in 2014, finishing the season as the number one goal kicker in the NRL with a kicking percentage of 82.9%.
Hodkinson began the 2015 season after a second round of stem cell surgery on his left knee that hampered his pre-season and limited him to a very controlled training regime.
The talented goal-kicker has had an up and down year with the boot and after finishing last year with 82.9% next to his name, this year he has kicked at 66.2% and now his season has come to an end, the Bulldogs will be looking for a new goal kicker for the remainder of the year.
The options are Tim Lafai and Moses Mbye.
Lafai had four shots at goal in 2014 and kicked all four, as well as one shot in 2013 which was succesful.
Mbye has been handed the reins on a couple of occasions throughout 2015 and has kicked 14/21 at 66.6%, while Lafai has been successful with his one kick at goal this year against the Knights in Round 25.
Both Mbye and Lafai will need to have their kicking boots one with one game of the regular season left and finals to come, because two points can be the difference between winning and losing.