Sandow may be out for the rest of the season

TROUBLED Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow may not play again this season after taking steps to address his gambling addiction.

Sandow, reportedly in debt despite earning $550,000-a-year with the Eels, is receiving counselling at an indigenous healing farm near Port Macquarie.

One of the mentors at the facility is former Newcastle Knights star Owen Craigie who blew $1.5million gambling during his NRL career, and now works for Mission Australia to help others with their addictions.

Former Parramatta champion Nathan Hindmarsh, who lost more than $200,000 on poker machines during his career, said on Triple M yesterday he had been trying to help Sandow address his problem since last year.

"People that know him have been aware of it for quite some time, and only now has it became public," Hindmarsh said.

"I found out probably mid-last year, so I just had a quick chat with him in regards to avenues he could explore and he's already started that so … he is trying. It's not easy, I've been there. I think once he does sort all that stuff out his performances on the field will take off so I wish him all the best."

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