Posted: 22 November, 2016 by Triple M NRL / AAP

Two NRL Clubs In The Mix To Sign Chris Sandow

Tags: St George Illawarra Dragons, Cronulla Sharks

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Chris Sandow has reached out to NRL rivals, St George Illawarra and Cronulla about a possible return to the NRL, reports

The Aussie playmaker walked out on his English Super League club Warrington overnight, with the former NRL star failing to show for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

“It’s understood Sandow’s management have reached out to the Dragons to gauge their interest,” reports Fox Sports, while Sandow’s team has believed to have made “contact” with the Sharks.

The Dragons are, of course, desperate for an experienced half to fill the No. 7 role left vacant by Benji Marshall. At the moment, coach Paul McGregor has Drew Hutchison, Josh McCrone and Shaun Nona.

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Warrington say they were notified by Sandow's agent he had decided not to return and see out his contract, which runs to the end of the 2017 season.

"To leave it to the last minute before pre-season training started is pretty ordinary," Warrington dos Smith told Total Rugby League.

"Surprised? No. Disappointed? No.”

Smith went on to give Sandow a spray about his behaviour at the club.

"He was OK for most of it and at times he was a pain in the proverbial," Smith said.

"He brightened us up at different stages and was exciting to watch for a while but he became a bit unreliable.

"We saw glimpses of what he is capable of after that. I don't think he was as near as comprehensive as he was in the first half of the season.

"I can honestly say because of what he overall contributed to our squad and our team, I'm not too bothered," Smith added.

He said Sandow's departure will mean "a few less grey hairs" around the club.

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The former South Sydney and Parramatta player is understood to be in Australia preparing for a boxing match against Todd Carney on December 9.

Sandow made a tremendous start to the 2016 Super League season, winning player of the month for February and March before sustaining a torn hamstring which kept him out for two months.

He also injured a knee in Warrington's 12-10 defeat by Hull at Wembley in August but returned for the grand final, which the Wolves lost to Wigan.

The 27-year-old helped the Wolves into the Challenge Cup final and Super League grand final this year, both of which they lost.

He spent four years with the Rabbitohs from 2008-11 before moving to Parramatta and resurrected his career with Warrington in 2016 after leaving the Eels midway through a troubled 2015 NRL season in somewhat similar circumstances.

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Tags: St George Illawarra Dragons, Cronulla Sharks

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