NRL bad boy Anthony Watts has abandoned his
league ambitions to join the Finks bikie gang
Greg Stolz, Jeremy Pierce
The Sunday Mail (Qld)
NRL bad boy Anthony Watts at the gym in
preparation for the upcoming League season with the
Tugun Seahawks on the Gold Coast. PIC: Glenn Hampson
Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
BEFORE his father died suddenly last
year, rugby league bad boy Anthony Watts promised his biggest
supporter he would try to make it back into the NRL.
But the troubled Watts has now abandoned all hopes
of salvaging his career and instead joined a different "club": the
Finks outlaw motorcycle gang.
The former North Queensland Cowboy and Sydney
Rooster spoke exclusively to The Sunday Mail this week after
his latest run-ins with the law, including his arrest over a
Coolangatta bikie brawl and a court appearance for possessing
He said being in the Finks was "like being in a
footy team" and gang members were now his "brothers".
"I've given up on trying to make it back (to the
NRL) now," Watts said.
"With all the stuff that's happened, no NRL club
is going to touch me now.
"I'm loyal to my mates and they (the Finks) are my
mates. It's just like a brotherhood."
Watts is not the first top-grade footballer to get
down and dirty with bikies and criminals.
But he has taken that association one step further
by actually joining a gang. And not just any gang.
The Finks are regarded as Queensland's most
notorious bikie group, the first targeted by police under the 2009
Criminal Organisation Act.
An application to have the gang's Gold Coast
chapter declared a criminal organisation is expected to be heard in
the Supreme Court later this year after a failed High Court
challenge by the Finks.
Police allege the Finks had been involved in
murder, extortion, robbery and drug trafficking and pose "a great
risk to the community".
Affidavits lodged with the Supreme Court last year
alleged 45 Finks members had criminal convictions.
Experts say bikie gangs and football clubs have
much in common: a hierarchal structure, club "colours" and macho
Bond University criminologist and former detective
Dr Terry Goldsworthy says the gangs had a tribal culture.
"Football teams have their coach and captain,
bikie gangs their president and sergeant-at-arms. There's a clear
structure of command and control," he said.
Sacked by the Roosters in 2011, Watts joined the
Tugun Seahawks in the local league to try to resurrect his career.
In February, Watts told The Sunday Mail how
he was arrested so drunk that he was clinically dead in hospital
last year on a day he was supposed to meet coaching legend Wayne
Bennett about a potential career lifeline.
Now a Finks nominee, he insists: "I don't regret