Trent Hodkinson

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  1. Spot On

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    Oh dear, it is obvious that a few in here haven't watched a Knights game this year or know what Brown has done so far at the club.

    And for those who are unaware - Hodkinson was not a Brown signing.
     
  2. davi

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    My post is not about shit stirring, and more just about discussion and analysis. Gus Gould has also said the Knights struggles have been largely because the development program has fell by the wayside before Nathan Bronwn came on board. He suggests Brown has been getting that back in order, but it will take a 7 or 8 years to see the dividends.

    Also I'm aware that Hodkinson has been a signing that has not panned out for the Knights since last year. But to be dropped from first grade after playing state of Origin only a couple of years ago is a fall from grace. The same as Tony Williams who can't get a crack in first grade for the sharks, after playing state of origin a couple years ago. In Williams defense though the Sharks forward pack (Pryor, Gallan, Graham, Fifita, Lewis) is one of the best in the league.
     
  3. Penrose Warrior

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    It was incredibly predictable that he was going to be shit in Newcastle colours. The less talented partner of a halves duo carried by the Dogs forwards, no way he was going to be anything in a side going backwards.

    Still, achieved a lot in his career. 150 odd NRL games and NSW's hero in 2014, certainly can hang the boots up proudly. Or go to England and be a star there.
     
  4. Knight76

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    Which is what he should be doing.

    I don't want to hear about Browns ESL connections and how we should be bringing in some poms to boost us. If he hasn't done so yet, I can't see it happening and is my biggest disappointment with him as coach.
     
  5. ed-grimley

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    OK, but I save my concern for my own team and Gus should be trying to work out what's going on at Penrith.
     
  6. Exsilium

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    So the Knights squad, as poor as it is, has no bearing on his form? You could have had any half playing up there and they'd have failed with the form of your entire squad.

    I'm trying not to defend him but I think its a bit rich to pick him as your worst player.
     
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  7. Spot On

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    Be honest, have you watched every Newcastle game this season or entered and read the Knights forum after each round?

    What are the highlights from him so far this season, besides a few conversions, that have really grabbed your attention?
     
  8. Apey

    Apey Moderator Staff Member

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    No he is actually our worst player
     
  9. macavity

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    He is meant to be the dominant playmaker but has been an absolute passenger.

    Yes, he may not have been an absolute hot mess like say Jaelen Feeney, however that is largely because of his lack of involvement (hard to make mistakes when you don't touch the ball) ... and it must also be noted that the expectations of him are rightfully much higher than those on rookies.

    All in all, given his position and pay packet, he has been the worst for us.
     
  10. Exsilium

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    I'll be honest. Most games last year, I think I missed about 5. This year, all. I try to watch all the NRL games tbh.
     
  11. Exsilium

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    I'm not saying he is a world beater. However I dont think your forwards are allowing enough time for your halves and to a lesser extent, your backs.

    It's all well and good to throw a wide ball to Gagai or go behind the first decoy and allow Lamb run it. Might create a few chances but ultimately your forwards not running consistent lines, failing to draw defenders and the inability to bend the line as a result of drawing defenders is hurting the timing of your attack and the ability to have the opposition guessing.

    I think you guys would actually go alright if you had one or two key forwards. I like what I see from Daniel Safiti

    In all fairness, I dont think your defensive structures are far off.

    Outsider looking in.
     
  12. macavity

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    Oh, our forwards aren't making metres either - but a fair bit of that is to do with the absolute shit show of a kicking game meaning we are constantly coming off our own line and/or defending. Hard to make metres when you only have 40% of the possession and most of that is in your own 20.
     
  13. Exsilium

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    Your forwards need to put your halves into a position to pin the opposition or build pressure to begin with but it does go both ways and Ill agree on your point.

    Whenever teams like Melbourne, the Cowboys or Brisbane are under constant kick pressure they have two forwards in front of the kicker with the option of negating the quick markers by going outside both decoys to the 5/8 who has all the time in the world. It also opens them up to running on the last play or going in behind the line. Most defenses will commit to the halfback and at least they have the option without having to constantly kick under pressure. That's all Hodkinson does. Gets the ball, moves off the left or right foot and kicks to infiniti and beyond.

    With better structures and more discipline you will probably find his kicking game and options would improve.
     
  14. macavity

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    You would, if he could physically punt a ball. Knees are shot.
     
  15. Burwood

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    His poor form this year has been more noticeable because Newcastle have actually been in the position to win multiple games, but always seem to fall at the last hurdle. Last year we were getting rolled by 30+ each week, so of course there was less notice taken of his performances.

    Hopefully this week Barnett, Pete and Sione can find themselves not needing to take on the kicking duties of a disabled halfback.
     
  16. Pedge1971

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    You dont think he is any good or you dont know?
     
  17. Pedge1971

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    Blame Hagan. His knees are f**ked and they were when he was signed by Stone and Hages. Brown inherited the cluster f**k and sadly Hodko cannot compete in the NRL anymore. He is shot.
     
  18. Pedge1971

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    Erm Hodko doesnt kick it mate. His knees are shot....that is the point.
     
  19. nick87

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    I don't think he's any good, if I had to bet now I'd say he's not a good coach
    but I'm not concrete on that and I accept that given the state of his squad he needs more time to show his wears
     
  20. muzby

    muzby Village Idiot Staff Member

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    bit of a slap in the face for poor trent...



    classic browny..
     
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