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1 hour ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Sounds like this is his ‘excuse’, the straw that broke the camel’s back perhaps, to return home. 

His career has gone down the pan a bit since his injuries, which is a shame, as he was one of England’s best for a long time. 

What a compassionate judgement.

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28 minutes ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Can you give us a list of what’s Scotchy approved that we can talk about please? We can’t talk about this but we can talk about Covid-19 and the utterly pointless and unnecessary return of a minority sport? Odd. 

Not pointless gossip on peoples personal lives, especially ones with seriously ill family members.

You shouldn't need this spelling out for you 

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Sad news for Kallum. Hope his Dad is ok. Think he would have improved this year in the NRL. Looked sharp in the one trial game i saw him in.

I guess without knowing the full extent of his Dads medical condition, Covid related or otherwise, it's impossible to guess what his reasons are for asking for a release.


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2 hours ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Sounds like this is his ‘excuse’, the straw that broke the camel’s back perhaps, to return home. 

His career has gone down the pan a bit since his injuries, which is a shame, as he was one of England’s best for a long time. 

That's an awful comment to put. Shame on you. The lads father is ill with an illness that's rapidly killing people all over the world, and your saying he's using it as an excuse to get out of a club he's struggled at. Unbelievable 

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hope his mental health is still ok too after his former troubles with it- the virus isn't helping people with those issues either

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He was looking more involved and effective in 2020 than in 2019. If he really is leaving the NRL, it'd be a shame, but a SL club could find themselves with a revitalised Watkins on their hands. A guy with a lot to prove.

All the best to his dad, but Kallum shouldn't make any rash career decisions right now.


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Hope his Dad recovers, I had a meeting in WH Smith with him whilst browsing RL mags. His Dad was only going to buy if Kallum was featured.

This virus is awful,  

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For once I’m not much interested in analysing his career . Hope his dad is fine , this thing is truly horrific . Directly and indirectly with all its effects 

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4 hours ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Sounds like this is his ‘excuse’, the straw that broke the camel’s back perhaps, to return home. 

His career has gone down the pan a bit since his injuries, which is a shame, as he was one of England’s best for a long time. 

You're all heart you pal.

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1 hour ago, Loiner said:

You're all heart you pal.

Yep. Imagine not understanding that I’ve said he’s choosing family over living on the other side of the world. 

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I get his Dad is sick, but he could have taken a leave of absence and come back to us when he is ready to. I agree with the earlier post - this is just a convenient out.

Once again, an English outside back fails in the NRL. He could have stuck it out and reached the level required, but he is mentally weak like so many before him and run home to the comfort and ease of the SL.

No wonder the Eng/GB national team has mental weaknesses in this area.

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16 minutes ago, goldcoaster said:

I get his Dad is sick, but he could have taken a leave of absence and come back to us when he is ready to. I agree with the earlier post - this is just a convenient out.

Once again, an English outside back fails in the NRL. He could have stuck it out and reached the level required, but he is mentally weak like so many before him and run home to the comfort and ease of the SL.

No wonder the Eng/GB national team has mental weaknesses in this area.

Dreadful comment, you should take a good look at yourself. 

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Having done the emigration thing... the first six to twelve months are the hardest... settling into a new country, getting used to the nuances and bugbears... if I had had to isolate during that time I would have gone crazy! 
 

I don’t doubt that many players on both sides of the world (especially those with family) will be asking themselves if they too should return home to, at least some sort of, normality. 
 

it will be interesting to see if he can actually get out of the country....

 

I too have a close family member back in the UK who has the virus.... so I fully understand his and his family’s decision. 

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1 hour ago, goldcoaster said:

I get his Dad is sick, but he could have taken a leave of absence and come back to us when he is ready to. I agree with the earlier post - this is just a convenient out.

Once again, an English outside back fails in the NRL. He could have stuck it out and reached the level required, but he is mentally weak like so many before him and run home to the comfort and ease of the SL.

No wonder the Eng/GB national team has mental weaknesses in this area.

What a dreadful post.

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A couple of really cheap and nasty comments on this thread, and I'm glad to see them so robustly challenged by so many people.

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43 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

A couple of really cheap and nasty comments on this thread, and I'm glad to see them so robustly challenged by so many people.

Nobody is criticising him for going home - why not, there is no NRL and clearly it is terrible situation for his father and his family. 

But to quit his contract altogether after just 8 matches is pathetic. Why not just take a break, go home and return to the Titans when the season is ready to start again.

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50 minutes ago, goldcoaster said:

Nobody is criticising him for going home - why not, there is no NRL and clearly it is terrible situation for his father and his family. 

But to quit his contract altogether after just 8 matches is pathetic. Why not just take a break, go home and return to the Titans when the season is ready to start again.

Firstly it’s not really any of your business why he has chosen to do what he has done.

Secondly his father is seriously ill as I believe is his partners father (not with CV I don’t think), for you to call his decision ‘pathetic’ without knowing fully about his situation is very poor form, Especially your first post which is pretty dreadful to be honest.

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9 hours ago, goldcoaster said:

I get his Dad is sick, but he could have taken a leave of absence and come back to us when he is ready to. I agree with the earlier post - this is just a convenient out.

Once again, an English outside back fails in the NRL. He could have stuck it out and reached the level required, but he is mentally weak like so many before him and run home to the comfort and ease of the SL.

No wonder the Eng/GB national team has mental weaknesses in this area.

Yeah because we've never had any big tough Aussies returning to the NRL  from Superleague citing "family" issues.

You seriously need to give yourself an uppercut.

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There definitely must be more to this, otherwise presumably he’d go on compassionate leave. My biggest question/hope is that he’s able to get back to the UK, although sadly it’s not like he’ll be able to see his Dad, as he’ll be isolated. Hopefully he makes a full recovery.

It’s a real shame though, both his personal circumstances and those of us so willing and interested in seeing him get back to his best and playing in NRL

It will be interesting to see what clubs might be in a position to pick him up when play resumes. I can’t think of many that would have much cap space left or be willing to stretch themselves in the current climate 

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First of all, most importantly I hope is Dad is okay and wish him all the best.

As for SL  destination don't care yet, much more important things going on.

Hope all is well with him and his family.

Other than that stay well everyone.

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21 hours ago, Man of Kent said:

Floperooni 

You can get tablets to help you with that.Good on you for sharing that you have ED on the forum.

Try a company called Numan,they advertise on tv.

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Not interested in who if anybody he signs for 

There's 2 ways of looking at it 

1 he himself personally would probably be safer in Oz than here 

2 his dad is I'll and his home is here , in times of crisis most would want to be at home 

One last observation , I doubt Sonny Bill will be returning to either the UK or Canada , I assume he probably has homes in both Aussie and NZ , if I were him , I'd be staying there right now 

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