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Interesting news coming out of England...former English captain and 2004 Golden Boot Player of the Year Andy Farrell has not ruled out a possible return to Rugby League once his contract with Rugby Football Union expires in 2008. Farrell will be linking up with English Rugby club Saracens this season.
Farrell, still only 29, made his international Rugby League debut versus New Zealand in the third Test at Leeds in 1993, scoring a try in the victory. Since that debut Farrell went on to play for Great Britain 34 times with his last 29 appearances wearing the ? beside his name.
The stats with Wigan are mind boggling. Farrell amassed 368 appearances for Wigan scoring an amazing 3,135 points. It is of little wonder as to why Farrell is regarded as one of the modern day great Rugby League players to lace on a boot in the UK.
Farrell has been quoted as saying he does not want to have any regrets when he hangs up his boots from both codes. Speaking to the english media and quoted on Sportinglife.com, Farrell said ?"I didn't want to look back on my career and regret anything," he said.
?I've been lucky enough to be given this opportunity and I'll give it my best shot. I'm up for the challenge.
It's nothing to do with money. I like playing other sports and it's an opportunity to go down to London, experience a different way of life and meet new people. It's one big challenge and I'm really looking forward to it."
Widely regarded as a great leader of men, Farrell has his sights on becoming a duel international following in the steps of former teammate Jason Robinson who is now a regular in the English team since his move from Rugby League. Like Robinson, Farrell aspires to becoming a World Cup winning player.
At the end of his contract with Rugby, Farrell will be 32 and whilst he will perhaps still be young enough for one last hurrah in Rugby League, I am not sure those banged up knees are going to be carrying him around long to complete his current contract let along another season or two in the Super League competition.