Rugby League


Earl of Windsor becomes Raiders royalty

Windsor Wolves coach Guy Missio rates it the moment which ''sums up Sandor Earl as a bloke''.

The day after scoring his first NRL hat-trick for his new club Canberra against the Bulldogs last month, Earl drove to Sydney to watch his old teammates play in the NSW Cup at Henson Park.

Missio believes the former Panther's humility is the major reason behind his immediate impact at the Raiders. He continued his stunning rise from park football to NRL star with two tries in the Raiders' 34-16 elimination final win over Cronulla at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

No-one is happier for him than Missio, who said the Raiders' mid-season signing was determined to use his time with the Wolves earlier this year to prove he's an NRL player.

''He played on the Friday night [against Canterbury in Canberra], then rang me the next morning and said he'd see me down at Henson [Park] for our game,'' Missio said yesterday.

''That sums it up, it was more or less a thank you from him I think.


''It goes to show the kid he is, he appreciated what Windsor did for him and it's a credit to his nature. It makes me very happy he's found a new home, and I knew he'd make the most of it.''

Earl has scored seven tries in 11 games at Canberra, but Missio says the 22-year-old is in no danger of getting a big head.

''He's a good footballer the kid and has a good attitude, that's probably his greatest asset,'' Missio said.

''When players come back from first grade, of course they're always disappointed when they come back to that [NSW Cup] level, but to his credit he'd always be one of the better players on the field. When he's in the zone like he is now, he can do anything.''

Earl played 19 games for Penrith, but his career stalled following shoulder surgery last year. He played three games in 2012 before joining the Raiders in late June. The winger is confident the Green Machine can continue its fairytale run by upsetting the Rabbitohs in Saturday's semi-final at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

''I think we can go as far as we want to go. It's well noted when Canberra turns up and we're on, we can do the job on any side,'' Earl said. ''We'll turn up to Homebush very confident and if the boys are on, I've got no doubt we can do the job.''