In 2007, the season Salford were relegated from the Super League, he was sounded out about the possibility of joining Irish side Munster – but an injury curtailed that opportunity.He said: “When Salford were certainties to go down, I was contacted by a couple of RL clubs about joining them.“But one of my old coaches at Warrington Paul Derbyshire, who has sadly died now God rest his soul, was the strength and conditioning coach at Munster.“He contacted me and asked me if I fancied going over there because they had a few injuries.“He said I would do okay in union and I was really interested but they wanted me to fly out straight away but the problem was I had picked up a calf injury and I felt could not really commit to them because I might have been laid-up for a month or two.“I always wonder what would have happened if I had not been injured.“It’s one of the ‘what-ifs’ of not just my career but my life as well.“It could have been a great opportunity to have a crack over there.”Hailing from Wigan and a boyhood supporter of the Super League giants, Sibbit recovered from the heartache of being rejected by his home-town club at the age of 16 to forge a career at Warrington.“I would have loved to have played for Wigan, especially being from the town,” he said.“That would have been nice and when I was 16, it was something which I thought was going to happen.“But believe it or not, I was too old because Wigan at the time were signing 11 and 12-year-olds.“Fortunately, Warrington came in for me and I’ve no regrets.
The 32-year-old former Warrington Wolves and Salford City Reds second rower is the latest big name player to switch codes and try his hand at union by signing on the dotted line for Preston Grasshoppers.Check out some of our favourites: Online dating advice: Kate Taylor - Seven Steps To The Perfect First Email Mind, body and soul: Lara Loveless - 5 Ways To Improve Your Dating Success Without Actually Dating Insights into the dating world: Laura Yates - Eliminating Game Playing In Dating Exciting and interesting date ideas: Seb Goshawk - Our Top Free Dating Ideas In London Keep up to date with all the latest articles over at the Match dating blog and make sure you’re as ready to start meeting new people!How to get the most of a dating website: If you’re just starting out on your dating journey, looking for helpful tips and advice or simply curious about dating you’ve come to the right place!“I was 21-years-old living on the other side of the world.“I had to pinch myself really and it was great for my development as a player and a person.“It helped me to grow up because I had been used to living at home with mum and dad, where I had my meals cooked for me.“I had this magic clothes basket where I put my dirty clothes in and they came out washed, ironed, folded and put away.“But all of a sudden I had to do things myself.“My girlfriend Joanne, who is now my wife, came with me, but I had to grow up pretty quickly.“Looking back, that year was the highlight of my career.“I was playing in the best RL competition in the world week in, week out and I was getting to see new and exciting places.”Despite wanting to extend his stay in Australia, a change of coach at Melbourne meant Sibbit, who has a son called Joey, was surplus to requirements and he rekindled his career with Warrington once more.The club entered into administration in June with debts of around £1.5m.
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Sibbit said: “I am really good mates with Karl.“We’ve played together since being 10 years old as Wigan schoolboys.
We came back together again when we both signed for Salford.“He’s always said if I ever fancied giving it a go at union to let him know.“So when I retired from playing professionally this season, he called me up and asked me if I fancied it.“Fitzy’s just the same as what he was when we were 10 – small, angry...“But joking aside – he’s brilliant. He’s got a really infectious personality.“He’s a great person to have around the place because he knows when to switch on and knuckle down when there’s hard work to be done, but he also knows when it’s time have a laugh and a giggle.”After spending all of his life playing RL, Sibbit admits he has been pleasantly surprised by his initial experiences of switching codes, although he has found himself on the wrong side of some refereeing decisions After incorporating some of his RL practices into his RU game, he has discoved they are not to the liking of union’s match officials.“I never thought I would enjoy it this much,” Sibbit revealed.
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So impressed with his representational skills, 1eague3 have offered to give him some work in the future, although it’s purely voluntary.