Former coach gives Sandow another go
CHRIS Sandow may well be back on the road to the NRL, after Norths Devils signed him on a one-year deal for the upcoming Intrust Super Cup season.
The former South Sydney and Parramatta star's career has been in limbo since his much-publicised exit from Super League side Warrington Wolves last November, and after video of a New Year's Day street brawl went viral.
Instead, the 28 year-old will combine with former mentor Mark Gliddon at the Devils.
"I know Chris from probably 11 years ago when I coached him at Souths Logan as a 17-year-old," Gliddon said.
"In all honesty I hadn't been in contact with him since, until a friend of mine said 'I'll give Chris your number and see if he's interested (in playing)'.
"I got the call from Chris straight after that and we agreed to bring him on board."
The Devils coach has worked with a handful of South Burnett products previously, including Gold Coast Titan Chris McQueen and last year's FOGs Colts Player of the Year Lane Ferling.
The move appears to be a win-win for both player and club, with Sandow's experience something Gliddon hopes his younger players can draw from.
"He's played (162) NRL games and he's only 28 - he's a quality player, of that there's no doubt," Gliddon said.
"We have a very young squad, and our other half Todd Murphy is contracted with the Broncos so it should be a good mix."
Gliddon confirmed Sandow would not be ready to play "for a few weeks" as he learns the Devils' structures and gets back to playing fitness, but said early impressions were he had fit straight in to the squad.
The Devils begin their 2017 campaign this weekend when they host Townsville Blackhawks at Bishop Park on Sunday.