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Johns: Folau will leave Giants

Sportal July 9, 2012, 5:25 pm
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Former rugby league star Matthew Johns said Greater Western Sydney forward Israel Folau will walk away from his AFL contract and return to the NRL next year.

Folau put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the Giants in 2010 but has struggled to make an impact for the AFL newcomers.

Johns said there are rumours circulating Folau will make the switch back to rugby league at season's end.

"Israel Folau will be out of his GWS contract by September," Johns said on ''Triple M'' on Monday.

"They're negotiating a release right now, and next year, he will be playing in the NRL in Sydney.

"Given the urgency of the Luke Lewis situation, maybe it's the Panthers, but another guy said to me it will be the Bulldogs.

"The Bulldogs are the richest club in the league.

"They have got huge amounts of money, so if there is one club that is able to buy Israel Folau - financially alone - it is the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

"It would be a big attraction for Israel."

Folau has kicked just one goal in seven matches for Kevin Sheedy's side before spending several weeks on the sidelines with a back injury.

He has not featured for the Giants since Round 8, but is expected to line-up this Sunday against Adelaide at Skoda Stadium.

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  1. THOMAS07:32am Wednesday 11th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    IZZY have you thought of a " Career Change " The " PM " Needs a STRONG TASK FORCE.. :-)

  2. Johnson06:31am Wednesday 11th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Lets face it. He came for the money. He got what he came for. This pathetic kiddies game was never going to satisfy him as a real athlete. We all knew he would quit this joke as soon as he could. Still, the joke is on the vfl. He came , took the money, laughed all the way to the bank.

  3. Red_Herring08:54am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Maybe they will put folau in their pretend Australian team that will play no-one.

  4. Twochairs08:48am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who can take any notice of Johns? Played half his career doped up. Folau maybe needs to take more time to settle in, after all it is their first season in the big time. Carmicheal Hunt took a couple of seasons and now he has found his feet and will develop more in the coming years.

  5. Mitch08:31am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    hes been a running joke ever since he joined the code

  6. Mitch08:28am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    who cares hed be no loss no afl he may as well go back to the two state game of league.

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  7. Red_Herring08:00am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The guy is bored with the endless kicking of a ball and hoping it bounces the right way to go between 20 goal posts.Time to go back to the real mans game of LEAGUE.

  8. charlie b07:56am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    he will come back to the bronco where is home to him

  9. Marcia06:10am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Maybe the $$$ are not that sweet when you play a game where most scores end up 156-49 or 113-67, games are generally over after the first quarter. Maybe the GWS area is just fully sik and stinky. Maybe State of Origin is where he wants to be. Who knows but good news for Queensland if it happens.

  10. Leisa05:07am Tuesday 10th July 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Anyone who knows the game knew full well that he would be back. That soft game can never challenge a real athlete, except for the money it throws around. It is a joke and no-one who plays it is ever taken seriously on the world's sporting stage. He belongs in the greatest game of all. We all knew he would be back.