“Reggie is rather like that, folks need to take his head off, he is a chirpy bloke,” Cleary mentioned. “He makes some foolish feedback generally. It is simply how it’s. When he mentioned that he stopped making an attempt final yr, a number of of the boys have been fairly pissed off about that. It may need been irritating for him, but it surely was irritating for everybody else, too.
“Final yr was a fairly bizarre yr. I did not discover an excessive amount of on the time, however he clearly wasn’t too blissful. I’m blissful for him now that he is moved on to Parra and he is blissful once more and taking part in some good footy. So good luck to him.”
Coach Ivan Cleary, who made the choice to drop Campbell-Gillard to order grade on the again of the prop’s disappointing type, understood why his gamers have been offended by Campbell-Gillard admitting that he’d thrown within the towel.
“Anybody would take offence to that,” Ivan mentioned. “I do not suppose that is the best way to deal with it. I wasn’t at my greatest or feeling the most effective final yr both. I did not hand over.”
Campbell-Gillard has fired loads of photographs at his outdated membership since defecting to the Eels, together with a jab at his outdated coach.
“I am not a bench participant. It is plain and easy. I do not like coming off the bench,” Campbell-Gillard mentioned earlier than the season. “Ifeel comfy with this group. The teaching employees, it is chalk and cheese from what I have been underneath from final yr.
“Ivan has his methods of how he coaches and Brad has one other one. I really feel comfy with the best way Brad needs to educate. There’s that sense of being wished to be within the group. When Parra got here knocking, it was a no brainer. I needed to chunk the bullet to get out of the consolation zone.”
There is not any love misplaced between Parramatta and Penrith, the latter contributing about $300,000 in direction of the salaries of Waqa Blake and Campbell-Gillard in 2020.
Blake had a area day in opposition to his outdated membership the final time the two teams met back in round five, embarrassing younger centre Stephen Crichton in an attacking masterclass to spark a come-from-behind win and hand Penrith their first and solely lack of the 2020 season to this point.
“The way in which Waqa performed final time, he just about single-handedly gained them the sport final time,” Nathan mentioned.
“Nevertheless it’s a credit score to Critta [Crichton] as effectively. For one thing like that to occur so early within the season in opposition to a man like Waqa, who was right here final season, it may have taken a giant toll on different youthful gamers. I do know if I used to be in his footwear it might have on me. The way in which he has bounced again has been unbelievable.”
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Michael Chammas is a sports activities reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald