Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Will Chambers has been a prominent figure in Rugby League news circles lately as a result of his antics in Cronulla’s past two games, which most recently saw him end up being punched twice by Warriors prop forward Kane Evans.
This was then followed up by claims that Chambers’ actions had landed him in hot water with his teammates, and now the Sharks’ incoming head coach Craig Fitzgibbon.
“He’s 33, he [Chambers] wants to play on next year but this is not Craig Fitzgibbon’s style this sort of language,” said the Daily Telegraph’s Phil “Buzz” Rothfield on NRL 360.
“He doesn’t like it or coach it. From what they are telling me at Cronulla it is not helping Chambers get a contract next year. I think he’ll finish up in a month’s time.”
If the former Queensland Origin representative does indeed want to play on in 2022, then he will find suitors hard to come by and it won’t just be because of his on-field antics.
‘You knew what he was referring to’: Kent hints at what sparked Will Chambers’ ‘chirpy’ spray at Dylan Walker
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The fact is, Chambers is getting quite old for a first grade NRL player and his form since joining the Sharks during this season has been poor, to say the least.
Melbourne may take a gamble with Chambers as they are his former club and the 33-year-old revealed on Sunday Night with Matty Johns earlier this season that when he expressed an interest in an NRL return, that Craig Bellamy did display interest.
Chambers has already had two stints at the Storm, with the first coming in 2007 when Chambers made his NRL debut with the club and would go on to play in the 2009 Grand Final.
His second stint at Melbourne commenced in 2012 and ended in 2019, during this time Chambers was a part of two premiership-winning sides and played for both Queensland and Australia.
A third stint at the Storm would go quite differently for Brisbane native, as it is likely that Chambers would play in the Intrust Super Cup for the Sunshine Coast Falcons and be used as injury cover for Remis Smith and Papua New Guinea International Justin Olam.