By STEVE MASCORD
HE’S being courted by Japanese rugby union but winger Andrew Everingham decided during his recent suspension that he had a yen for one thing – staying with South Sydney.
Everingham, 26, was banned for a shoulder charge on Matt Bowen earlier this season but made a strong NRL return in Saturday night’s 25-18 win over Newcastle at ANZ Stadium.
His move to Asian rugby union, where his brother Chris already earns a good living, was considered in some quarters to be a mere formality.
“I’m still in the process – I want to stay here at Souths,” Everingham tells League Week.
“To be honest, I haven’t been playing as well as I’d like to, to start the season.
“That suspension gave me some time to get some more motivation and focus on what I really need to do to try and get a contract here in the future at Souths.”
While there was a perception rugby union was about to “poach” Everingham, he says that’s far from the truth.
“My brother just plays in the Phil’s and tries to get into the team for the Hong Kong Sevens. I think he does more promotion work for the union side,” he explained.
“I don’t really know how it would work (for me). If I said something, it might be wrong. But like I said, my first priority is to try and get a contract here.
“I played rugby union in school and there was a cup competition in Borneo – I played for the Philippines in sevens and it was that much fun.”
Hand surgery prevented the Everingham brothers from playing league together for the Philippines against Thailand last October but he hopes to take part in a triangular tournament with Japan and the Thais this year.
Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK