Just over one week ago, Warrington Wolves announced that they had terminated the contract of Chris Sandow, despite him having played for the Wolves for just 18 months.
In his interview with Fox Sports Australia, he stated: “Family is the most important thing to me and that’s why I made the decision not to go back to England.”
For most player, this reason would be accepted, but it was the unceremonious way that Sandow left which raised quite a few eyebrows.
The star half back failed to report to pre-season, and the club were informed by his agent that he would not be returning.
Karl Fitzpatrick, head of rugby operations at the club, slammed Chris’s actions, saying: “The way he has gone about it is totally disrespectful to us as a club.”
In the space of a week, the Wolves have not been able to hire any replacement for him and, although it’s early days, they look to be a little bit short now in the halves department.
Head Coach Tony Smith appears to be quite calm about the situation, admitting that Chris can be “erratic” on and off the field, but said he was not shocked by what has happened.
Despite this, it raises the question as to whether Warrington are trying to downplay what a huge loss Sandow could be to the Wolves?
On his day, the Aussie half back could be outstanding, reading the game of rugby league like very few can in Super League.
His partnership with Kurt Gidley developed quickly over the course of the season, and Sandow, who made 20 appearances for the Wire last year, provided some added spark, whereas Gidley added a bit of game management and composure.
It was this winning combination of attributes that got Warrington to both the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final at Wembley, and quickly asserted Sandow as a fan favourite.
It was well documented that he came from the NRL with off the field issues, but Warrington’s fans, and Tony Smith, were able to look past that, allowing Sandow the freedom to become one of the most entertaining half backs in the English game.
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