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Footy star drug bust: Who is John Tobin?

Sporting News logo Sporting News 29/12/2016

The response from many rugby league fans to the arrest of former Roosters forward John Tobin on drugs charges was John Who?

Tobin was a more than capable lock forward who started at Eastern Suburbs in 1978, going on to play under two future Immortals in Arthur Beetson and Bob Fulton.

He played in the Roosters' winning Amco Cup side of 1978 and was a member of the team beaten by Canterbury in the 1980 grand final best remembered by Steve Gearin's sensational bomb-caught-on-the-full try.

Tobin also played in four semi-final series and represented City.

He is the 687th man to play for the Roosters, racking up 125 games from 1978-87 and scoring 16 tries.

© Provided by Sportal com au During his 10 seasons, Tobin played with the likes of Fulton, Russell Fairfax, Ian Schubert, Kevin Hastings, Royce Ayliffe, Noel Cleal and John Lang.

The back-rower turned down several offers to leave the club when it fell on hard times during the 1980s, saying in one interview: "I couldn't really imagine playing for another club.

"You always consider the offers you get but it would seem strange driving off to practice in another direction.

"I just like the joint. The people are nice."

One league identity who knew him well said: "John was a hard-working player who showed a lot of loyalty to the Roosters.

"He was perhaps a better player than people give him credit for."

Tobin is accused of being part of a massive cocaine smuggling ring operating out of Sydney Fish Market.

Now 57, he was arrested on Christmas Day and is still in custody after being formally refused bail.

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