THE Gold Coast Titans have been dealt a massive blow, with Cantebury *halfback Trent Hodkinson inking a deal with the Newcastle Knights on Monday.
Newcastle has secured its best halfback since Andrew Johns’s retirement after Trent Hodkinson signed a three-year deal with the Knights.
While the recruitment of the New South Wales halfback is a coup for the Knights, it is a massive blow for Gold Coast Titans who are still without a senior playmaker for next NRL season following Daly Cherry-Evans’s backflip.
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The Knights were in the market for a big-name player, with the club set to lose senior members Kurt Gidley and Beau Scott next year and after granting Joey Leilua a mid-season release to join Canberra.
“Trent’s signing is a major coup for our club,” Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said.
“Trent is the current New South Wales halfback and has proven on many occasions, in grand finals and Origin matches, his ability to steer his team to victory.
“Our club has a young and talented backline in place and we look forward to Trent assisting our team to realise their potential.”