Chris Sandow is expected to travel to England on Monday to take up a $450,000 deal with the Warrington Wolves.
The Parramatta Eels released a statement on Thursday night confirming Sandow’s departure.
“The Parramatta Eels have today agreed to release Chris Sandow effective immediately, pending lodgement with the NRL,” the press release said.
“The club thanks Chris for his time at the Eels and wishes him all the best for his future.”
The 26-year-old accepted a $50,000 deal with Parramatta for the last three months of his current contract.
Sandow’s diminishing relationship with the club was clear when he posted an angry Facebook status that is assumed to be about the Eels’ coach, Brad Arthur.
The playmaker was keen to secure his deal with the Wolves before July 25, the English Super League’s transfer deadline.
Warrington’s chief executive Roger Draper is confident they will secure Sandow.
“We are very hopeful that we will have secured Chris both for 2016 and 2017 and also for the remainder of the season.”
“I’m really excited to be joining the Warrington Wolves,” Sandow said.
“Tony Smith [Wolves coach] has been a big part of my decision to move to England. I’m looking forward to working with him and getting stuck in with the boys.
“Lots of people in Australia talk about the passion of English crowds, the noise and atmosphere at rugby league games, hopefully I can add something to the team as we make a charge towards the title.” –Sam Pasfield
Top photo from Ben Sutherland’s Flickr photostream.