Jerseys stolen from Eric Grothe’s car cap off Cronulla’s year to forget

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Cronulla, jerseys belonging to Michael Gordon were stolen from the car of teammate Eric Grothe Jnr.

Grothe made a plea for the items to be returned after discovering his Ford Territory had been broken into. The former Roosters, Parramatta and NSW winger had stored a number of Gordon’s valuables – including jerseys and trophies – from the awards night. He was poised to return them only to find the jerseys were pilfered.

“I spoke to ‘Flash’ last night and said ‘I’ll just drop it around today’, I went to the car this morning and the window was smashed,” Grothe said.

“I checked the awards because he had about five of them, he won everything, and I was worried they’d be gone but they were all there. But all the jerseys were gone, they are the only thing missing now.

“I’m sure he’d want it back, definitely. He played in them and had a good year individually, he won pretty much everything at the presentation night. You’d want something to give to your family or keep, something you could put on your wall and look back.”

It has been a disastrous year for the Sharks, who finished with the wooden spoon, sacked Todd Carney, were without coach Shane Flanagan for the  year and then had a number of players banned for unwittingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

“It hasn’t been a great year, I wasn’t directly involved in the first grade team because I was injured. It wasn’t a way to top it off,” Grothe said, who then quipped: “Unfortunately my car was still there, I was hoping they’d steal that, but obviously they couldn’t start it.”

Grothe was hoping to resume his NRL career in 2014 but a back injury prevented him from pressing for first-grade selection. He has again retired, this time for good, but hopes to have some involvement in rugby league while pursuing his music career.

“I had [the back problem] when I was real young and it went away but I don’t have time on my side this time unfortunately,” Grothe said.

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