Sandow admits Warrington baptism was tough

Warrington Wolves half-back Chris Sandow admits that his first few months in England and Super League last year were tough – but says that should stand him in good stead for what lies ahead.

Sandow was a mid-season arrival at the Wolves last year after leaving the NRL, but found the going tough during his initial spell in Super League as the Wolves struggled in the Super 8s.

But with a full pre-season now under his belt, Sandow is optimistic that he’s in for a much better year in 2016 – after admitting he copped plenty of stick during the latter part of last season.

“It was tough but that was last year,” Sandow said. “People have their opinion on players and I had my fair share (of criticism). It was just hard coming into a great club like Warrington halfway through the season and trying to play to your ability.

“I didn’t know their footie style and stuff like that but they know how I play now. I feel a lot different. I’ve got an off season under my belt with the boys and I feel a lot different and a bit more comfortable.”

Wolves coach Tony Smith agrees, and says the experience Sandow had last year will be a huge positive for the whole team.

“He knows what’s expected, he’s not shocked by Super League or anything this year,” he said.

“When he came to us he was pretty shattered at the time. He was a bit of a shell of a guy and it was an eye-opener for him.