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JARROD SAMMUT has revealed he almost left rugby league altogether – to become a fireman.
Now he hopes to fan the flames of London’s promotion hopes after getting back into Super League.
The Malta international has certainly experienced highs and lows during his time in the English game.
After bursting on to the scene at Crusaders, he was caught up when they pulled out of the top flight.
Then it was off to Bradford, where he found himself at a club in administration before it eventually went out of business.
And after finding himself playing part-time at Workington, Sammut revealed he considered a complete career change.
“I was looking at becoming a fireman when I was at Bradford,” the 30-year-old revealed. “Over the last 18 months there, I was considering it.
“And until I moved down south, I was really considering doing that, as well as maybe doing some personal training work or getting a job at a gym.
“I was also looking at heading back to Australia and getting a normal job.”
After impressing at Workington, Sammut linked up with London and has had a good season in the Championship.
Now he, like his Broncos team-mates, has his sights on a return to the top flight through the Qualifiers.
Ahead of the clash with Featherstone, Sammut added: “I’ve definitely had a journey since I came to the UK, full of ups and downs, but it’s shaped me as a person off the field.
“I wouldn’t say I fell out of love with the game but I was looking at other avenues – but I’m back in a full-time environment and I’m enjoying my rugby again.
“I still feel I can get to another level though but we said in November when we got to pre-season that we wanted to contend in the Championship and we did that by finishing second.
“Now Super League promotion is the next target – going straight up is a tough ask but we’ve delivered our goals so far.
“Whether that’s through the Million Pound Game or straight up but that’s what we’re aiming for.”
Meanwhile, Widnes coach Denis Betts insists Rangi Chase’s failed drugs test will not divert their attentions during the Qualifiers.
Ahead of the trip to Championship Halifax, he said: “Rangi made some choices and it’s nothing to do with me. I gave him an opportunity and he’s got things in his life that he needs to sort out.
“I have no real feeling about it, to be honest.
“I’ve got to that point where it’s not something in my control, I can’t waste my time, I don’t waste my energy, I’ve got things that I need to sort out and people I need to work with and make better – and Rangi’s not one of them, so I don’t really waste emotional energy and worry about it.”
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