Eels say Sandow has last offer
PARRAMATTA were last night sweating on Chris Sandow finally agreeing to a $ 50,000 blue and gold handshake to walk away from the club.
After being paid an estimated $ 2 million- plus during his troubled four years at the Eels, Sandow is still in dispute over his exit payout because of problems reportedly relating to $ 200,000 in unpaid thirdparty agreements.
Sandow ( below) wants an immediate release from the final year of his contract so he can link with English Super League club Warrington.
But with the Super League transfer deadline set to expire on Friday, Sandow is running out of time to make his decision on whether he will accept Parramatta’s payout offer.
The Eels have privately declared they won’t budge on what is understood to be more than a month of Sandow’s salary. The club believes the $ 50,000 offer is more than reasonable, especially given Sandow’s troubled history at the club.
Parramatta insiders were last night crossing their fingers that a deal could be sorted out by today so it doesn’t disrupt another week for the team battling to stay in the finals race.
Sandow was due to return to join his teammates at training today. His teammates were understood to be furious with his performance against the Bulldogs last Friday night when he produced what was arguably his worst game for the club.
Sandow was not required at training yesterday but his week from hell continued when the NRL’s match review committee slapped him with a gradetwo shoulder charge.
The pending suspension now all but guarantees Sandow has played his last NRL game for the Eels.
Even before yesterday’s match review charge sheet came through, News Corp Australia had learnt the Eels had already decided Sandow would not be travelling with the team to Townsville to take on the Cowboys next Monday.
Joseph Paulo will likely partner Luke Kelly in the halves. Reece Robinson is also expected to make his return at fullback to cover for Corey Norman who suffered a posterior cruciate knee ligament injury last Friday.
Anthony Watmough is awaiting scans on a knee injury while Danny Wicks ( shoulder) is gone for the season and David Gower is battling a knee strain.
Sandow is also being investigated for a social media rant over the weekend where he dropped the Cbomb and threatened to “run amok”.