Andrew Wilkie does not strike you as someone who skips straight to the back page of the newspaper every morning.
But the anti-pokies campaigner should be very interested in Nathan Hindmarsh’s upcoming autobiography, which contains a stunning admission that the Parramatta Eels skipper blew more than $200,000 on poker machines early in his career.
Hindmarsh apparently wasted several thousand dollars per day at the height of his gambling addiction. Sadly for Parramatta, these investments were no wiser than any of the club’s recent recruitments.
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THOUGHT I might wander out to ANZZZZZ Stadium tonight for the Parra v Dogs game. Who knows? Maybe 70,000 screaming westies can breathe some life into the old Homebush morgue.
The majority of the crowd will be watching Jarryd Hayne, the kid in the red boots who plays every game as if it’s backyard footy and his mum’s about to call him inside for the night.
Me? I’m there to see Hindy, the shaggy-haired old-timer whose work-rate literally leaves his arse hanging out of his shorts at the end of the 80 minutes. Whose sway back and puddin’ guts gives him the look of a brickie in an age when footballers spend more time in Sydney Confidential than the sports pages.
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