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Peachey back at Sharks

By Daniel Pace 05/02/2004 10:31:22 PM Comments (0)

Justin Hodges' manager Jim Banaghan told the Sydney Roosters centre to "grow up" or risk losing a lucrative contract at the NRL club.

Hodges skipped a scheduled fitness session at a gym and a meeting with Banaghan at a pub in Brisbane to discuss whether he would return to the 2002 premiers by Monday.

Cronulla fullback David Peachey failed to show at training, with club officials unable to contact him in his hometown Dubbo.

But he turned up late in the afternoon to tell officials he would be ready to train on Friday.

Both players had been granted compassionate leave to sort out personal problems.

"I'm exceptionally disappointed," said a fed-up Banaghan, who did not hear from a "remorseful and apologetic" Hodges until 5pm Brisbane time.

He agreed to go to his manager's Brisbane home on Saturday to discuss his future.

Banaghan was brutally honest in assessing Hodges' options: "On Monday if he's not at the centre of the Roosters he's at Centrelink," Banaghan told AAP in reference to the Roosters' insistence they won't release Hodges from the remaining four years of his contract.

"It's just annoying. The bloke out there that's on 35 to 40 grand a year must be shaking his head.

"This bloke (Hodges) is going to get 25 years wages for three years of fun.

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