Ongoing knee issues won't cut short former NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson's NRL career, Newcastle coach Nathan Brown says.
But it remains to be seen when Hodkinson will play for the Knights again after the veteran No.7 remained on the outer with the NRL battlers.
For the second straight week Hodkinson has been overlooked on form, with Brown again opting for Jaelen Feeney at halfback for Saturday's clash with the Gold Coast Titans.
Hodkinson, 28, has another year left on his contract but already appears surplus to requirements with the cashed up Knights primed for a high profile recruitment drive.
Newcastle appeared to miss Hodkinson's experience in their second half fadeout in last round's 24-12 loss to North Queensland but the veteran halfback was again a glaring omission on Tuesday.
"I just picked the team that was based around form and Hodko is a little down in confidence at the moment," Brown said.Read More