Sandow saga ends for Parra

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - CHRIS­TIAN NICOLUSSI & JAMES HOOPER

CHRIS Sandow is ex­pected to fly out to the UK on Mon­day af­ter agree­ing to a one- year deal with War­ring­ton worth a re­ported $ 450,000.

The Par­ra­matta half­back’s roller- coaster four years at the Eels is of­fi­cially over af­ter he ac­cepted a $ 50,000 hand­shake with three months left on his con­tract.

The one- year War­ring­ton deal leaves the door open for Sandow to re­turn to the NRL and prove his grow­ing army of crit­ics wrong.

Sandow pro­duced his worst per­for­mance against Can­ter­bury last week, 48 hours af­ter his re­quest to join War­ring­ton im­me­di­ately was de­nied.

War­ring­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger Draper told the UK media: “We are very hope­ful that we will have se­cured Chris both for 2016 and 2017 and also for the re­main­der of the sea­son.”

But the Townsville Bul­letin un­der­stands Sandow, who at only 26, is ea­ger to re­turn for the 2017 NRL sea­son.

The Eels last night re­leased a very brief state­ment con­firm­ing his de­par­ture.

“The Par­ra­matta Eels have to­day agreed to re­lease Chris Sandow ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, pend­ing lodge­ment with the NRL,” the state­ment read.

“The club thanks Chris for his time at the Eels, and wishes him all the best for his fu­ture.’’

Luke Kelly and Joseph Paulo will have the job of steer­ing Par­ra­matta around the park on Mon­day when they make the tough road trip to Townsville to play the Johnathan Thurston- led Cowboys.

For­mer Eel Chris Sandow.

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