BELIEF: Devils captain William Brittain is confident of an NRL return for Chris Sandow.
BELIEF: Devils captain William Brittain is confident of an NRL return for Chris Sandow. NRL Photos

Sandow's road to NRL not yet over

Rugby League: Norths Devils captain William Brittain has told NRL.com he believes Chris Sandow has every chance of reviving his NRL career.

"Chris has been training pretty hard. I think he'll be pushing for a spot in our 17 in the coming weeks,” Brittain said.

"He's been training really well and his experience has been such an asset for the whole squad.

"We are all learning off him and he is spreading his knowledge around the group.

"He's great for us, but I'm sure he will work his way back into the NRL some time later this year.”

The Devils, currently second in the Intrust Super Cup after four rounds, threw Sandow a lifeline last month when coach and former mentor Mark Gliddon reached out to the Cherbourg product.

"I know Chris from probably 11 years ago when I coached him at Souths Logan as a 17-year-old,” Gliddon said following Sandow's signing.

"He's played (162) NRL games and he's only 28 - he's a quality player, of that there's no doubt.”

Sandow was at a crossroads in his rugby league career following a much-publicised exit from Super League side Warrington Wolves in November.

The former South Sydney and Parramatta star returned home to Cherbourg, where he turned out for the Hornets in their Awabakal Interstate Challenge loss to Redfern All Blacks last month.

That looked to be it for the talented playmaker, before Gliddon and the Devils offered him one last chance at redemption.

But Sandow will have to work to earn his place in the Devils halves, with the side seemingly cruising following a 32-18 win over PNG Hunters in Port Morseby at the weekend.

Brisbane Broncos contracted half Todd Murphy has all but cemented his place in the starting 17, while NZ international Kodi Nikorima is also playing well ahead of a return to first grade.