Sandow likely to rue manner of Wolves exit - Gidley

By Christopher Devine 10 February 2017 1043
Sandow likely to rue manner of Wolves exit - Gidley

Kurt Gidley believes former team-mate Chris Sandow is likely to regret the manner of his close-season departure from Warrington Wolves.

Mercurial half-back Sandow enjoyed a stunning start to the previous campaign, but his influence faded amid a number of injury problems as the season wore on.

The Australian then informed the Wolves in November, via his agent, that he would not return for 2017 - subsequently citing homesickness and the death of a family member as the primary factors behind his decision.

Sandow has yet to find a club in the NRL after returning to Australia and his former half-back partner, Gidley, told Omnisport: "I think, in hindsight, he would have handled things a lot better.

"I got along really well with Chris when he was here last year and he's such a wonderful, talented player. Some of the skills he has, only he can pull those sort of things off at times.

"But he didn't handle it great when he left the club and it hasn't helped his efforts in trying to gain a new club back in Australia. He's in an unfortunate situation at the moment."

Sandow's career has been dogged by a number of controversial incidents and Warrington coach Tony Smith acknowledged the 28-year-old was never likely to enjoy a long-term stay at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Smith told Omnisport: "We came away pretty well unscathed from Chris and he did some good things for us and we're grateful for that.

"[Is there] disappointment about him not coming back? No. He was fine, he behaved well enough for the time that he was here, he didn't make too many headlines.

"Chris chooses to do some of the things that he does and probably as a long-term fit for our club, no.

"It was all fine and there's no resentment or animosity, I hope either way, because the club treated Chrissy very well while he was here and Chrissy did most things fairly well while he was here."

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