NRL 2019, Super League news: Chris Sandow rugby league return, Trent Merrin, Sam Kasiano, Ben Roberts
According to reports and the man himself, Chris Sandow is on the verge of making a comeback.
Meanwhile, Sam Kasiano has revealed why he knocked back St George Illawarra.
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SANDOW SET TO REVIVE CAREER?
Could it happen? According to his Instagram and reports in the UK, Chris Sandow is making a comeback.
The former Parramatta and South Sydney halfback last played professionally in England with Warrington.
In 2016, he quit the club to come back to Australia, despite having a year left to run on his contract.
The pocket rocket pivot then turned his hand to boxing — facing Todd Carney — before landing himself in hot water for a street brawl in his hometown of Cherbourg.
Now, though, Sandow looks set for a return to the rugby league field.
The cheeky halfback posted on social media that he’ll sign for a club in England whose name begins with ‘W’ and includes the letter ‘I’.
Reports in UK publication League Express have since revealed that team to be League 1 outfit Workington Town.
At 30, Sandow still has time on his side, but how fit he is after three years out of the professional game remains to be seen.
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WHY KASIANO REJECTED DRAGONS
Former Melbourne and Canterbury prop Sam Kasiano says he knocked back an offer to join St George Illawarra because he was “over the NRL”.
Kasiano has linked with Catalans in Super League on a three-year deal and played off the bench in their 26-22 win over Leeds on Saturday.
The former Dally M prop of the year had an option to sign with Paul McGregor’s team as they look to beef-up their pack following the standing down of Jack de Belin, but the lure of living in France proved too strong.
“I was over the NRL I think, to be honest,” Kasiano told Everything Rugby League.
“It’s a new opportunity to come and play footy here under a great coach in Steve McNamara. There’s a great squad here and capable of doing great things, and I want to be a part of that.
“Salary cap stuff — that’s the reason I had to leave. I didn’t want to go to St George. I was ready to come here to France. When I heard the offer, me and my wife said lets go to France.
“I’ve got no regrets [about leaving the NRL]. I’ve just moved on. I feel good, I’m happy to be here. It’s a honour to join this great club.”
MERRIN ‘COMFORTABLE’ AT LEEDS
Former NRL star Trent Merrin says he’s had no approach from St George Illawarra to rejoin them.
The Dragons are on the lookout for a player to join their ranks after Jack de Belin was stood down and Merrin’s name emerged in reports over the weekend.
There had also been rumours Merrin was unhappy at the Rhinos after a poor start to the Super League season which sees them on the bottom of the ladder with just one win.
“It’s a big bubble what’s happening back home, a few players have been thrown around [to replace de Belin], but I am here and I haven’t heard anything from it,” Merrin told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It is not like back home, but you have to get comfortable in the uncomfortable which we have been.
“Leeds have welcomed us with open arms, it has been a great test and it’s what I needed in my career at the moment.
“I am comfortable here.”
COOTE PUTS HAND UP FOR GREAT BRITAIN
Coote, who has represented Scotland in the past, has been in fine form for St Helens since making the move before the start of the season.
“I definitely would be (interested),” Coote told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I wasn’t even sure if I was eligible until someone tossed it up the other week.
“It would be an awesome trip to go on.”
Former Melbourne and Canterbury playmaker Ben Roberts is officially a free agent after being released by Castleford with immediate effect.
The 33-year-old has been hampered by injury and made just one appearance for the Tigers this season off the bench.
Roberts joined Castleford from the Storm in 2015 and went on to play 78 games for them, including the 2017 Super League grand final.
“I think it’s fair to say it’s been frustrating for both Benny and ourselves that he hasn’t been able to get on the field as often as he’d like and unfortunately that looked increasingly unlikely,” Castleford coach Daryl Powell said.
“We therefore felt it was best to come to an agreement between ourselves so that we could all move forward.
“Benny has had some fantastic times at the club, particularly in 2017 when he played probably the best rugby league of his career.
“It’s been tough but it’s an amicable agreement and I’d just like to wish Benny and his family all the best for the future.”
Roberts said: “First and foremost, I want to thank God for giving me and my family this opportunity.
“To the fans who have supported me and the boys for the last four years, I would like to thank you for making the experience of playing for the Tigers one that me and my family will never forget.
“To my team-mates who I see as lifelong friends, I wish you all the success for the rest of the season and beyond.”
LAM’S EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER
Wigan coach Adrian Lam says he’s exhausted after watching the Super League champions end their four-match losing run, a day after witnessing his son make his NRL debut for Sydney Roosters.
The Warriors eased the pressure on their boss with a 30-22 victory over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium, where England stand-off George Williams scored a hat- trick of tries.
It completed a memorable 24 hours for the former Papua New Guinea international, whose 20-year-old son Lachlan helped his old club to a 26-18 win over Manly.
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Lachlan Lam facetimes his dad Adrian in the UK
“It’s been an emotional week,” he said.
“I’m exhausted now purely off the back of the win today and Lachlan making his debut yesterday.
“It was a pretty special moment and I’ve just got make sure I don’t get emotional because they’re all bagging me for being an emotional father.
“I’m just proud of him and happy that he played well.
“He set up a try and defended really great. It’s been a childhood dream of his to wear the red, white and blue.”
A hard-fought second win of the season, which leaves 2017 champions Leeds two points adrift at the foot of the table, relieves the pressure on Lam and may yet help him keep the job for 2020 with Shaun Edwards asking for more time to decide whether or not to take on the coaching reins.
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Lam 2.0’s emotional debut
Lam says he has yet to consider his future beyond this season.
“I haven’t talked about it at all, to be honest,” he said.
“I’m here for 12 months at the moment and I’ve got my focus on doing the best I possible can here and then moving home.
“I don’t really want to think about that until it happens because we’ve haven’t been winning and I’ve had to make sure all my energy was put into that.”
Former Parramatta and Newcastle winger Ken Sio is facing a length stint on the sidelines are suffering a suspected groin tear in Salford’s loss to Wigan.
Sio will undergo scans to reveal the extent of the damage.
Super League ladder after Round 7: St Helens 14, Warrington 12, Castleford 10, Salford 8, Hull FC 8, Catalans 8, Wakefield 6, Hull KR 6, London 6, Wigan 4, Huddersfield 4, Leeds 2.