Chambers’ NRL career ‘hanging on a prayer’

Cronulla Sharks centre Will Chambers admits his career could be over if the Queensland government doesn’t allow him to enter the state.

Chambers recently completed a 24-hour road trip from Melbourne to the regional New South Wales town of Kingscliff, where is he currently waiting for approval from the Queensland Government to link up with teammates who are based in a Brisbane hub.

The 33-year-old was forced to make the interstate trip after he recently broke the NRL’s bubble protocols to attend the birth of his child, in which he had to undergo a 14-day isolation period as he waits for clearance to enter Queensland.

Speaking to Nine’s Danny Weidler from a hotel room in Kingscliff, Chambers, who is off-contract at the end of the season, admitted his career could be over he’s unable to join his teammates in Brisbane.

“I’m in the hotel room at the moment and I’m just hanging in,” Chambers told Nine News.

“If this border shuts between New South Wales I might be on a massive road trip home.

“That might be all said and done. I don’t know If I can sit around and just wait and be separated from my family, hanging on a prayer.

“I put my family first and I copped the ultimate punishment.”

Chambers was asked if it felt like he had copped a harsher punishment compared to the 12 Dragons players who deliberately breached the NRL’s COVID-19 protocols by attending a house party.

While former Dragon Paul Vaughan, who hosted the party, was sacked by the club, the remaining 12 players were issued one-game suspensions and individual fines, to which Chambers believes he has copped a tougher outcome.

“There’s no leniency,” he said.

“I’ve copped worse bans than all of them, the whole lot except the two boys who didn’t sign the paperwork and Paul Vaughan’s the other one.”

Prior to joining the Sharks midway through the season, Chambers played 215 games with the Storm across two stints, between 2007 and 2019.

He has also represented Australia on seven occasions and has 13 appearances for the Maroons to his name.

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