5. Chris Sandow
Following a disastrous three-year stint with the Parramatta Eels in which he never lived up to his significant pay packet, the Eels released Chris Sandow from the final year of his contract to join English Super League side Warrington Wolves.
Sandow had a promising start to his career in England, scoring 12 tries in 31 appearances as well as being identified as a candidate for the coveted Man of Steel award. However, things quickly turned sour for Both Sandow and Warrington.
Citing homesickness and a desire to be closer to his family, Sandow decided that he would not be returning to England to participate in pre-season training with his teammates, seeking no formal release from his contract.
It is fair to say the Wolves hierarchy was less than impressed with Sandow’s approach, with Warrington’s head of rugby operations Karl Fitzpatrick saying that “Chris is contracted until the end of 2017 and should have reported for pre-season training today. This is a clear breach of contract.”
After failing to convince Sandow to see out his deal, Warrington chief Tony Smith firing a parting shot at the diminutive halfback by labelling him unreliable and ordinary in an interview with TotalRL.com, after Sandow failed to inform the club personally of his decision to remain in Australia.