With many believing that it would be a while before former Storm andÂ BulldogÂ prop Ryan Tandy would be missing from any footy for quite some time, that is not the case now, as he is training with Newcastle Wests.
Having already been a month since his sacking by the Bulldogs for his involvement in the NRL scandal, Tandy may very well be playing his first game since September in Kurri Kurri.
Despite the Newcastle Wests team eage for him to play, should he not receive the appropriate clearance from the Bulldogs, he will be robbed of the chance to play for the local Newcastle side.
The sticking point behind the release, is that Bulldogs lawyers want Tandy to drop his claims of unfair dismissal, before they approve his playing for a local Newcastle side.
As he fights 4 charges to do with the NRL betting scandal is eager and committed to finishing the season in Newcastle.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be with Newcastle for the rest of this year no matter how long I have to wait to get my clearance from the Dogs,” he said.
“My desire all along has been to get back and play footy and I’ve done my best to stay fit by training alone while I was suspended.
“Physically, I’m probably still a month away from getting back to where I was in the pre-season, because it’s not the same training by yourself.
“Mentally, I’m a little drained with everything that’s happened. I’m really hoping that footy will help me keep my mind off things a bit.
“The Newcastle comp is also pretty strong, probably just as good as the NSW Cup, and that’s the best level I can hope to play at present.”
Newcastle Wests coach Craig Miller met with Tandy, before meeting with the club’s board on Tuesday.
“We understand Ryan will bring a bit of attention, but we’re being totally open and transparent with the whole process,” Miller said.
“He met all the right people and ticked all the boxes.”