Melbourne’s Sandor Earl feels like it’s now or never for his interrupted NRL career, which he hopes to kickstart at this weekend’s Nines in Perth.
With his ‘‘fearless’’ approach to 2020, Earl and Fijian-born prop Tui Kamikamica have been rewarded with co-captaincy of the Storm’s Nines outfit. With the departure of both Storm wingers Suli Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr at the end of this season, Earl said he wanted to grab a vacancy.
Earl’s career stalled at Canberra when he was banned for four years for a doping offence. He was signed by Melbourne in late 2017 only to suffer a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the entire next season.
Off contract at the end of the season, the 30-year-old knows this might be his last roll of the dice. He only made his Storm debut in round five last year, with more than 2000 days between first-grade games.