O?Davis stung by Newcastle officials

Robbie O?Davis played for Mark Carroll?s Barbarians side during the Orara Valley Sevens tournament last weekend.
Robbie O?Davis played for Mark Carroll?s Barbarians side during the Orara Valley Sevens tournament last weekend.


VETERAN Newcastle rugby league fullback Robbie O'Davis was deeply stung by Knights officials at the end of last season.

The 32-year-old former Test star was acrimoniously shown the door by the Knights powerbrokers, leaving O'Davis disappointed by their attitude towards him.

But he would be willing to forgive and forget in an instant if it meant he could have another season with his old team mates, although he rejected reports he would be willing to play for free.

"I was disappointed about the way it was handled," O'Davis said at the Men of League dinner recently.

"They just weren't willing to negotiate with me.

"A couple of times they called me to the table which kept me holding on.

"Then in the end they call me in and said 'that's it, beat it'.

"It was a very disappointing end to my career, but it might not be over yet."

Although O'Davis has been released by the club, he has offered his services if Newcastle's horror run with injuries over recent seasons continues.

With experienced campaigners Ben Kennedy and Timana Tahu leaving the club at the end of last season, O'Davis could receive an SOS from the club if injuries strike down key players.

"You never want to see people get injured, but if we get a few injuries I will be ready to help out," he said.

"I have signed on with a local club, and even though I won't be playing for them I will still be keeping fit and keeping a ball in my hand.

"If Joey (Andrew Johns) is injured early, I'd say there is a big chance I will get a game.

"I only have six games to go to get the club record and to get that I would give anything."

O'Davis was reported to have offered his services for free only to have the Knights reject that proposal, but the veteran custodian said those reports were wide of the mark.

"I was having a conversation with a media friend and I said I miss the boys so much I would play for free, it was all a bit of a misunderstanding," he said.

While O'Davis said he could handle playing against his former team mates, he could never bring himself to playing against the town.

"I could always play against the players, but it would be hard to play against the town, which has made me the person I am and lifted me to heights I never thought were possible," he said.

"I have my family there, I have a daughter from a separated marriage and I don't want to leave her.

"If I played for anyone else it would have to be out of the country, but I can't leave my family, so it is Newcastle or nothing."

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