Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield, sports journalist for the Daily Telegraph, has seemingly sparked the fire of Gareth Widdop exit talks.
When asked by a fan if Gareth Widdop would be picked up by another club now he is Down Under, Rothfield replied: “He might get picked up mate but I think he’s way past his best.”
Widdop has been in quarantine for two weeks in a hotel room, documenting his tough time during that period on social media.
However, today is his final day until he is allowed out, or as the halfback called it, “freedom”.
The 32-year-old endured a difficult 2020 Super League season, before impressing in 2021 enough to be included on the Man of Steel shortlist – though he eventually lost out to Sam Tomkins.
However, Widdop’s great season in 2021 is even more impressive when considering that the halfback was without his family for most of the year, with his partner and children having returned home.
It is that absence of family that has prompted some such as Rothfield to speculate that he could be ‘picked up’.
He might get picked up mate but I think he’s way past his best. https://t.co/875YGbz4mI
— BUZZ ROTHFIELD (@BuzzRothfield) November 3, 2021