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Ex-Wallaroos player tells why he left club

ON THE HOP: Brad Jung may have played his final game for the Wallaroos after signing with Brothers for 2013 season.
ON THE HOP: Brad Jung may have played his final game for the Wallaroos after signing with Brothers for 2013 season. Tracey Joynson

IT WAS the announcement Maryborough Wallaroos fans have been dreading to hear.

Just a few days after securing the services of Hervey Bay Seagulls duo Tomas Quill and Brendan Braam, Brothers pulled off Bundaberg Rugby League's biggest signing this off-season when Brad Jung inked a contract deal with the reigning premiers to leave the Wallaroos.

Jung said he spent four weeks agonising over whether to accept an offer from the Bundaberg powerhouse before reaching his decision last Friday.

The 32-year-old said he felt bad leaving the club he captained this year because they had treated him well. However, he did what he felt was best for him.

"It was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life," he said.

"It was always playing in my head but it wasn't about the money. It was about playing for the love of the sport and to play with my friends Shaun (Collins) and Barry (Blackman) and some very quality players."

Jung's decision to join Brothers has driven a stake into the heart of the Wallaroos, who have lost not only the main cog in their engine room, but their reigning player of the year and inspirational leader.

So why so much interest in an aging front rower? Well, how many props have scored more than 15 tries in a season?

And how many have the brute strength and size to turn defenders into turnstiles?

Jung played 13 seasons with the Wallaroos since first donning the blue and white jumper in 1997.

He was part of two BRL A-grade premierships with the club (2003 and 2009) and also won with the Chinchilla Bulldogs in the Roma Districts Competition in 2010.

Jung insists there is no bad blood with his former teammates, but said he was looking forward to playing against them next year.

"They will be my friends forever but once I put the Brothers jumper on they'll be my enemies," he said.

When asked if he would finish his career with Brothers, Jung replied: "I'm hoping if my body lets me I'll play until I'm 35, but it's sort of a ballpark.  

"I felt like a kid again this year and had one of my best seasons.  

"I will have to see how it pans out and make my decision at the end of next year."  




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