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Sandow can do what he wants: Hindmarsh

By Ed Jackson 03/05/2011 07:03:02 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh isn't concerned about reports the NRL club's estimated $2 million bid for South Sydney playmaker Chris Sandow is set to fail.

If the Rabbitohs' halfback does knock back the offer, he'll become the latest in a long line of Eels targets to turn down a move to Parramatta Stadium.

Rooster Tom Symonds also reportedly chose to stay at Bondi for a further three seasons rather than head west, while Storm forward Adam Blair and halfback Cooper Cronk, plus rugby union sensation Quade Cooper, have also turned the Eels down recently.

But club legend Hindmarsh says those decisions are personal ones and neither reflect badly on the Eels nor bother the playing group.

"I think he's a talent but it's up to him," Hindmarsh told reporters on Tuesday when asked about Sandow's possible snub.

"If he wants to come here, he's more than welcome. If he doesn't well he can stay where he wants to stay.

"If they (other targets) decide not to come that's their decision. Good luck to them."

One player Hindmarsh is keen to keep at the Eels is centre Joel Reddy, who is yet to receive a new contract offer from the club where the 25-year-old has been since his NRL debut in 2005.

"It'd be nice, yeah, it would be but, again, it's not my decision," Hindmarsh said about Reddy.

"It's up to the people that do all the recruiting and signing of players.

"It is a business, I've said that many times before and we've just got to live with it.

"If they decide to keep him, they decide to keep him. If not, well, I'm sure he'll get picked up by another club. He's a quality player."

Of more pressing concern than any off-field issue to Hindmarsh is the club's on-field woes.

A 30-0 pasting by St George Illawarra on the weekend left the 2009 grand finalists 12th on the ladder after eight matches with just three wins.

But as the club goes into a week off thanks to a bye this weekend, Hindmarsh wasn't about to push a panic button.

"We're capable of coming out of this one," the former NSW and Australia representative said.

"Obviously finish up today, we've got the rest of the week off and we'll come back and face the Cowboys but I think we've got the team which can get out of a hole, definitely.

"There's no giving up. We're only nine weeks into the season, we've got a long way to go."

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