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Hodkinson, Hasler renew NRL acquaintance

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Evo, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Evo

    Evo Capt Goodvibe 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +61 /16
    Hodkinson, Hasler renew NRL acquaintance

    David Beniuk AAP Mon, Nov 14, 2011 - 5:56 PM

    Trent Hodkinson is the player who stands to gain the most from Des Hasler taking the reins early at Canterbury.

    The Bulldogs halfback was considered a shattering loss when he left Manly to replace Brett Kimmorley at Canterbury last season.

    At the Sea Eagles under Hasler, the 23-year-old found himself in a City Origin jersey just seven games after making his first grade debut.

    He admitted to a massive dip in confidence this year as the Bulldogs missed the finals, but Hasler is confident of bringing out his best again.

    "I thought Trent played some really good football," Hasler said.

    "He's a great young prospect, there are some great prospects here.

    "One of the most pleasing aspects with rugby league is working with players and it's working with people and it's getting people to realise their potential and bringing that potential about."

    Potential is not in short supply at Canterbury, whose previous coach Kevin Moore spent up big for 2011.

    Hodkinson, five-eighth Kris Keating and forwards Frank Pritchard and Greg Eastwood were expected to add plenty of firepower after the Dogs missed the 2010 finals.

    It didn't eventuate and Hasler will also need to deal with the losses of international centre Jamal Idris, captain Andrew Ryan and experienced half Ben Roberts.

    The Bulldogs' major signing is England prop James Graham, currently involved in the Four Nations campaign, while journeyman Luke MacDougall has also joined their ranks.

    Several Sea Eagles stars became free agents with Hasler's departure with most conjecture around whether gun Kiwis half Kieran Foran could renew his partnership with Hodkinson.

    Hasler and Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg ruled out any swoop on Manly for 2012 but were coy about the following year.

    "We're very happy with our roster and very comfortable with our plans that are set for 2012," Greenberg said.

    "Once we get Des's feet under the desk, he'll assess the salary cap going forward but we're miles away from making any of those decisions (for 2013)."

    Still up in the air is the make-up of Hasler's support staff, although he said current Bulldogs assistants Jim Dymock, Andy Patmore and Brett Kimmorley would all stay with the club in 2012.

    Sea Eagles assistant Kelly Egan is reportedly also on his way to Belmore.

    Hasler was at pains to praise disappointed interim coach Dymock for his "understanding", and said the new regime would be a collaborative effort.

    "People have different opinions and different views and different ways of looking at things," Hasler said.

    "You put that all in there and you'll come up with a direction and that's what we'll do and that's the direction we'll take."

    The club, the team & fans won the Premierships mate, you didnt do it on your own.... say goodbye, we'll enjoy them & good luck
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    I wonder how Hasler has patched over his numerous quotes this year suggesting he wasn't worried when hodgkinson left as he had a better one in Queensland Cup?
  3. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +1,651 /39
    There will be plenty of chefs cooking the Dogs breakfast in 2012...
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    • manlyfan76

      manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +8,035 /174
      Ceasar Milan could not even make the Dogs a winning team.
    • Moondog

      Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +5,252 /51
      The Bulldogs halfback was considered a shattering loss when he left Manly to replace Brett Kimmorley at Canterbury last season.......oh yeah, I'm still shattered.
    • bones

      bones Bones Knows

      +9,037 /102
      With more lies one would assume. That's his style.

      He left for less money..... Lie.
      He was annoyed at Zorbas sacking....... Lie.
      He will be at Manly in 2012....... Lie
      He has no plans to take Manly players with him...... Lie
      He had nothing to do with Cleal and Egan going to the dogs...... Lie.
      He will take legal action against Manly....... Lie.
    • swoop

      swoop Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +1,543 /26
      This is not a bulldog forum. Who gives a rats about them.
    • MadMarcus

      MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +8,378 /74
      It is quite staggering when you list them like that bones.
    • dceagle

      dceagle Active Member

      +50 /0
      Absolutely spot on .

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