Newcastle Knights’ half-back Trent Hodkinson is eyeing a move to Super League after a nightmare year in the NRL.
The 28-year-old, whose father is English, has been dropped to reserve grade several times this season by Knights head coach Nathan Brown.
Despite a disastrous second half showing without Hodkinson against St George last week, Brown has opted not to recall the six-time New South Wales representative this weekend.
When he was dropped in April, Hodkinson seemed determined to make the step back up as he quashed any exit rumours.
“I’m not ready to give it away yet,” he said. “My standards weren’t where Browny wanted. I agreed and said I would go down to reserve grade and work on it and come back up when I’m ready.”
However, after been axed again, Hodkinson’s patience appears to be running out as his relationship with the former Huddersfield and St Helens boss deteriorates sharply.
With only one year left on his contract, Newcastle, who currently sit joint bottom on the NRL ladder, may be tempted to cash in on the former Origin star who is likely to attract interest from Super League.
If Hodkinson is to make the move to England, the former Manly and Canterbury playmaker would likely become one of competition’s marquee players.
Warrington would appear to be his most likely destination at this early stage, with head coach Tony Smith admitting last month they were in the market for new players.
Former Newcastle and current Wolves player Kurt Gidley announced his retirement earlier in the week and having just missed out on Ben Barba, the Wire may look to bring in Hodkinson for the 2018 season.