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Star leaves family after NRL rejection

Gareth Widdop’s hopes of securing an NRL contract so he could remain in Australia with his wife and children appear shot.Latest reports indicate the former Storm and Dragons half is back in the UK preparing to resume pre-season training with Greg Inglis at Warrington.The 31-year-old, who spent a decade in the NRL before taking up…

Gareth Widdop’s hopes of securing an NRL contract so he could remain in Australia with his wife and children appear shot.

Latest reports indicate the former Storm and Dragons half is back in the UK preparing to resume pre-season training with Greg Inglis at Warrington.

The 31-year-old, who spent a decade in the NRL before taking up a lucrative three-year contract in England last year, was hoping to return to Australia after his family decided it was where they wanted to live.

The Daily Telegraph reported Widdop slashed his asking price to $300,000 a season and drew interest from the Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers but was unable to come to terms.

Widdop was also linked to the North Queensland Cowboys but last month that touted move was quickly shot down by coach Todd Payten.

“Jake and Gareth are managed by the same manager and once we were notified that Jake had signed with the Knights there was a throwaway line at the end of that conversation, around if Gareth wants to come home would you be interested?,” Payten told the Big Sports Breakfast at the time.

“That’s all it was, nothing more than that. Our answer was we’re happy with Jake for the next 12 months and hopefully we get him going. I was really dumbfounded how that made the press from that one sentence.”

– with foxsports.com.au

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