BY CURTIS WOODWARD
Former Australian prop Aaron Woods has revealed what happened the day he was released by Canterbury-Bankstown and sent across Sydney after already training at Belmore.
By the afternoon, Woods was a Shark, tracking down his passport for a trip across the ditch to face the Warriors and meeting Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan for the very first time.
“I trained with the Bulldogs in the morning and then I got told, ‘aw mate you’ve been released'”, Woods told Cronulla teammate Chad Townsend’s Talk of the Town podcast.
“…so I had to go there, drop them (release papers) back to the Bulldogs and then go straight to (Cronulla).
“They (Cronulla) said ‘go home and get your passport’ because we’re playing New Zealand (on the weekend).”
Woods then explained what it was like meeting Flanagan for the first time and why his tenure at Canterbury was such a forgettable one.
“So go straight to Cronulla, I go into Flanno’s office, I’ve never met him before, so I’ve got to go talk to him,” Woods continued.
“He goes ‘I just want you be you and do what you do best’.
“Because I was trying to play too much footy at the Bulldogs, trying to do too much and it was taking away from my game which is go forward, get quick play-the-balls and just make your tackles.
“And he goes ‘that’s all I want you to worry about'”.