Dragons should snare Sandow

By The Mole
November 22, 2016

ST GEORGE Illawarra should immediately bite the bullet and make a play for cheeky halfback Chris Sandow.

Sandow walked out on English club Warrington overnight despite having a year to run on his contract.

RLW has known of Sandow’s intentions for over a week – the controversial playmaker is back in Australia and has been telling mates he would not be returning to Wolves.

The Dragons are in desperate need of a halfback following Benji Marshall’s move to the Broncos. At the moment, they are looking at pairing the established Gareth Widdop with rookie  Drew Hutchison.

Sandow is a gamble – he is a rocks or diamonds player – but he is a gamble the Dragons need to take. The club has been struggling in attack for the past two seasons and Sandow would be a handy addition and give coach Paul McGregor more options in attack. But the Dragons – or any other NRL club interested in Sandow – may have to pay compensation to Warrington before being able to sign the talented halfback.

Meanwhile, Warrington chief Tony Smith has unloaded on Sandow, telling Total Rugby League that the halfback was “unreliable” and he’s “not too bothered” about his decision not to return.

“In terms of off-field, there will be a few less grey hairs around the place, that’s for sure,” Smith told TotalRL.

“He was OK for most of it, and at sometimes he was a pain in the proverbial. He was a fair mix, he was certainly a character, as everyone had worked out.

“He brightened us up at different stages and was exciting to watch for a while, but he became a bit unreliable. For him to ring, well not ring, to inform the club, none of it is surprising to us.

“We saw glimpses of what he is capable of after that, I don’t think he was as near as comprehensive as he was in the first half of the season.

“If you ask me if I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in the manner of which we found out rather than the news itself. The other disappointment is timing, but we’ll be fine. It gives us some time to look around, but we’d have liked to have known more directly at the end of the season. To leave it to the last minute before pre-season training started is pretty ordinary. Surprised? No. Disappointed? No. I’m ready to move on and recruit where we can.

“I can honestly say because of what he overall contributed to our squad and our team, I’m not too bothered. I think we can get, hopefully not similar, but we think we can get improvement in an all-round player who could be a bit steadier in some ways on and off the field. I’m not just being cool and calm here, I’m just genuinely not that disappointed.”