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Chris Sandow walks out on Warrington

Press AssociationPress Association 21/11/2016 By Ian Laybourn

Let the speculation of an NRL return begin, Chris Sandow has walked out on Warrington and possibly the English Super League, effective immediately.

The 27-year-old former Parramatta player, who was in the Wolves team that lost in both the Challenge Cup final and Super League grand final in 2016, failed to turn up for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

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

Karl Fitzpatrick, Warrington's head of rugby operations who is due to take over as chief executive in January, said: "Chris is contracted until the end of 2017 and should have reported for pre-season training today. This is a clear breach of contract.

"We will be retaining his registration until further notice. We, the club, are disappointed that Chris has decided not to return, we are already under way in monitoring a potential replacement both internally and externally."

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

Sandow made a tremendous start to the 2016 Super League season, winning the player of the month award for both 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.

Warrington handed Sandow the No.7 jersey when they announced their squad numbers last Wednesday.

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