Hokko's Number 2 Moment
As we count down to our final home game of the season and as we say goodbye to Trent Hodkinson, Bulldogs.com.au takes a look at the half-back's top five moments at the Bulldogs.
Hodkinson made the move from the Northern Beaches 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 number seven jersey, the goal kicking duties and playing 20 games for the season.
2014 was a breakout year for Hodkinson, which included guiding the Bulldogs to a Grand Final spot, leading New South Wales to their first Origin series win since 2005, ranked the number one goal kicker in the NRL and walking away with the Ken Stephen medal for his tireless work within the greater community.
He began the 2015 season off the back of a second round of stem cell surgery on his knee and although he had an up and down start to the season, the half was chosen for all three State of Origin matches, but unfortunately the Blues couldn’t replicate what happened the previous year.
Hodkinson has led a rejuvenated Bulldogs side off the back of the Origin series that has resulted in five wins from eight games and winning the past four on the trot but unfortunately the halfback’s season and fairy-tale end was cut short in round 25 against the Newcastle Knights with a serious wrist injury that required surgery.
Hodkinson finished with 92 NRL games, 55 wins, 12 tries, 11 field goals, 179 goals and 417 points.
MOMENT 2: 2014 Origin Series
With the clock ticking down on New South Wales' best shot at ending their drought and his teammates going more sideways that the equator, the coolest bloke in Blue since Sam Worthington took it upon himself to put an end to this madness.
"We were all over the shop, we were going sideways and we just needed to calm it down and fall back to our process," Hodkinson said.
And so in the 73rd minute, having gone five sets on the Queensland line with nothing to show but a few more battle scars, the player they call Mr Cool, dummied, straightened up, and crossed for the game-and-series-winning four-pointer.
"We just had to go back to our processes and what we've worked hard on all week," he said. "I thought we were going sideways a bit too much for a big part of the game and I knew we just had to do what our forwards do best and go forward, set the platform and luckily enough, we got a try towards the end."