Chris Sandow has officially been released from his contract at the Parramatta Eels, bringing an end to an ultimately unhappy relationship.
Parramatta issued a statement yesterday evening, saying the troubled halfback’s release was “effective immediately, pending lodgement with the NRL.”
Sandow is now free to link up with English club Warrington, who have reportedly offered him a two and a half year deal worth $450,000 per season.
The relationship between the blue and golds and the 2008 Dally M Rookie of the Year has gone from bad to worse very quickly over the past few weeks.
Sandow said that had he been allowed to play his style of footy, Parramatta would be winning more games, leading Coach Brad Arthur to tell the half that if he could find a new club, he was free to go immediately.
In my opinion, the Cherbourg product’s style of play would be better suited to the Super League, and quite frankly, I’m sure that Parramatta are glad to see the back of him.
After paying top dollar for the former Rabbitoh, the Eels have disappointingly had to drop their star recruit on a number of occasions, which saw him turn out for Wentworthville in the NSW Cup.
The bloke could really play when we wanted to, but I have to question his desire.
As a Warrington supporter, I can only hope he can play good, consistent footy when he represents the Wolves.
He could form a pretty lethal combination with Catalans-bound Richie Myler, and next year he’ll partner Kurt Gidley, which will probably allow him to have free-rein with Gidley taking the organisational role.
One crazy thing is, Sandow could stroll in to a Challenge Cup Final on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium, should the Wolves progress to that stage.
It wouldn’t be the worst way to start a career at a new club.
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