Prop of 15 Years: John Skandalis
John Skandalis has been named at prop in Wests Tigers’ Team of 15 Years.
Having played 64 games for Western Suburbs Magpies prior to the merger of the two foundation Clubs, Skandalis made his Wests Tigers debut in the Club’s first ever NRL game against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 1, 2000.
Coming off the bench, Skandalis scored the first ever try for the Club in that game.
The gritty forward was a part of the Club’s 2005 premiership-winning team and played for seven consecutive seasons before moving to the Huddersfield Giants in the English Super League at the start of the 2007 season.
He would return to the Club, though, in 2009, where he made another 19 appearances across two seasons before announcing his retirement at the end of 2010.
Skandalis remains the oldest player to have played at Wests Tigers — being 34 years and 73 days old in his final appearance for the Club.
In total, Skandalis played 185 games for Wests Tigers, scoring 16 tries.
Player Profile: John Skandalis
D.O.B — 16th June, 1976
Position — Prop
Club Debut — Round 1, 2000 (vs. Brisbane Broncos)
Rep. Honours — Nil.
Wests Tigers Honours — Premiership Winner (2005), First Ever Try for Wests Tigers (2000), Oldest Ever Player for Wests Tigers (2010)