Eels say Sandow has last of­fer

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL CRAWLEY

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”.

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