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I won't play for Erina - Grant Wooden

Discussion in 'NSWRL Competitions' started by Spike, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Spike

    Spike First Grade

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    REPRESENTATIVE prop Grant Wooden might have played his last game of rugby league after he was deregistered by the Erina Eagles.

    Nearly 10 years after he made his first grade debut for the club at 17, Wooden said he ``would never play with the club again'' after a four-month feud reached boiling point this week.
    Wooden, 27, has also sought legal advice after what he described as ``the most disappointing time of my career.''
    The drama began late last year when the former NRL prop relocated to Queensland and looked set to play for Easts in the Queensland competition, despite having two years to run on his Eagles contract.
    When that fell through Wooden returned to the coast and appeared set to play out the final two years of his contract.
    But because of his heavy workload as a boilermaker at Vales Point Power Station, Wooden could not commit to a full season in the Jim Beam Cup.
    Last year's Jim Beam and Erina player of the year was keen to play first division and Jim Beam Cup when work permitted.
    ``I told the club work had to come first and that I couldn't commit to the Jim Beam Cup,'' Wooden said.
    ``They didn't agree and then I heard from a Central Coast official that I had been deregistered. I was in shock.
    `` Now I want a release and they won't give me one. There's no way I'll be returning to the club after what's happened. I'd rather not play at all.''
    Eagles football manager Mick Newton and Erina Rugby League Club chief executive officer Ian Munro both said they would welcome Wooden back if he had a change of heart.
    ``It's been a bit of a saga,'' Munro said.
    ``He initially asked for a release to play in Queensland, then indicated he was retiring. Then he came to training and when that stopped we sent a letter to the division requesting he be deregistered.''
    The situation intensified on Tuesday when Wooden received a letter from Munro indicating he had been fined $2500 for missing 25 training sessions. ``That was it for me,'' said Wooden.
    ``There's no way I'm going back now. I had permission from Mark (Eagles coach Mark Horo) to have time off training and then I get a letter like that.''
    Despite the drama Newton and Munro both said they would be more than happy for Wooden to play Jim Beam Cup when work permitted.

    http://www.expressadvocate.com.au/article/2007/03/08/3025_sports.html
     
  2. BJW#84

    BJW#84 Juniors

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    I'm pretty sure he has thrown the ultimate backflip and is now signed to play with Erina.
     
  3. Nfed

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    Yes, Wooden played 50 minutes of the game against Shellharbour.
     
  4. roopy

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    He is the ultimate flip flop guy.
    A few years ago he trained with the Newcastle Knights for the off season, was offered a contract, knocked it back, signed for Erina, and a few weeks later was saying it was a huge mistake and he should have signed for the Knights.
     
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    sounds like a typical prop forward, no brain between those ears.
    IDIOT!
     
  6. macavity

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    pfft.

    props are the ones with the brains.

    jason king = law degree
    jerry seu seu = law degree
    martin bella = optometrist
    mark sargent = mba
    etc etc

    half the outside backs are former garbos or council workers...
     
  7. stuke

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    he wasn't up to NRL standard...Knights were lucky that he knocked them back.
     
  8. Rise_Above13

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    hes just didnt wana do preseason trainin realy... so much sh*t ova nothin tha blokes a goose! but its a good boost for us to have him even tho we're playin like a bunch of spanners
     
  9. sharks8601

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    you cant blame him for putting work before footy now
    he has to look after hs future i guess
     
  10. Sydney Knight

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    Bump. Squasher is still playing for Ourimbah some 12 years later
     
  11. Haffa

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    Didn’t he captain coach Toukley a few years ago?
     
  12. Bulabrother

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    He was coach/player in 2017 for Toukley
     
  13. Bulabrother

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    Yeah he’s still playing in 2019
     

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