When we learned that Jake Marketo, the St. George Illawarra Dragon backrower, had bolted the team and the NRL to take up his profession in Romania, where he is playing union for the Timisoara Saracens in the CEC Bank SuperLiga, our first reaction was that he was playing in Italy, until we learned that Romania is not the same place as Rome.
The 28-year-old Marketo spent eight years with the Dragons, but the club did not offer him a job for 2018.
“I felt I needed a change due to the draining season I had personally,” Marketo told Market Watch.
Draining the season may have been for him, but it seems that the club flushed him, so he had no choice other than to find another means of gainful employment.
“I am not here to bad mouth anyone but coming off practically two full seasons (2015-16) of first grade, to not getting a look in was tough.The opportunity to get as far away as possible, play another sport and live on the other side of the world is a challenge in itself but I thought why not?”
Kudos to you mate, the other side of the world has long beckoned the displaced and the explorers, so we hope you will find something that appeals to you in Europe.
Given Marketo’s versatility, it is surprising that he could not find a job somewhere in the southern hemisphere. When he started with the Dragons back in 2010, he showed that along with the backrow, he could also play lock and hooker.
He is playing centre for his current club and has not ruled out a return to rugby league at some future point in time.
“If something from league came my way I’d look at it but time will tell but I am really enjoying it,” Marketo said.