Cronulla Sharks vs Penrith Panthers start time, results, news for Round 14
Unwanted Sharks forward rower Aaron Woods said he wasn’t fazed by Cronulla’s call not to sign him again and that he was just focusing on ending this season “on a good note, “before tonight’s clash with the Panthers, first.
Woods, half-back Shaun Johnson and center Josh Dugan were all told last week that their contracts, which were due to expire at the end of this year, would not be renewed by Cronulla.
It represents a crushing downfall for Woods, a former mainstay of the Kangaroos and Blues teams who has just been forced out of a second NRL club. The former Wests Tigers Woods chief executive, who made 17 tests with Australia and 14 games with NSW, was forced to leave Canterbury in the middle of the 2018 season.
It is for this reason that the thirty-something feels comfortable looking for a new home.
“I’ve been in this situation before, when I was with the Tigers and even when I was with the Bulldogs. It’s nothing new to me,” Woods said on Fox League coverage.
“We’ve had back-to-back wins and we’re up against the leaders in the competition. If that’s not enough to get you started, you’re kidding yourself.
“Obviously (a new contract is being sorted out) behind the scenes. It’s up to management to take care of that… I don’t know what’s going on until there’s something.
“I’m more worried about playing soccer and ending the year on a high with Cronulla.”