Ex-Warrington Wolves halfback Chris Sandow signs for shock new club

It’s a name that many Warrington Wolves and Super League fans will never forget, but Chris Sandow has now found a new club.

Just over half a year ago, the diminutive halfback had talked about resurrecting his NRL career, however, that looks to be dead and buried as Sandow signed a deal with the Easts Magpies in the Bundaberg Broadcasters A Grade Premiership and debuted at the weekend.

Despite his presence, the Magpies’ losing run increased to four games following a defeat to Wests Panthers.

33-year-old Chris Sandow, who played 159 NRL games for Souths Rabbitohs and Parramatta Eels from 2008-15, also played 31 Super League games for Warrington from 2015-16.

The mercurial halfback hasn’t played rugby league since 2018 and last played at the highest level in 2016 as his stint at Warrington came to an end.

Sandow lost both major finals for the Wolves in 2018, with a Challenge Cup loss to Hull FC and a Grand Final defeat to the Wigan Warriors.

He then returned to Australia in the lower divisions but, in May last year, insisted he was ready to return to rugby league after three years out.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie back in May 2021 he was eager for one last chance to prove his worth: “I’ve still got something to offer and I’ve still got something to prove to myself. I just want that opportunity. A chance, that’s all I want. No club would regret it, no chance.”

Now, though, it appears as though that ship has firmly sailed.

Sandow has also had a few boxing bouts in recent years – with one victory and one draw against former Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons halfback Todd Carney.

Since his professional rugby league days Sandow has lived in Moranbah and works in coal production.

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