Disgraced former Wests Tigers NRL player Tim Simona makes a fresh start
Adrian Proszenko - SMH
Now that football is off limits, Saturday marked Tim Simona’s first day in his new job. Simona, rubbed out of the game indefinitely after he was busted betting against his own team and ripping off a children’s charity to feed his gambling addiction, is still getting physical to earn a crust.
The former Wests Tigers three-quarter has scored a job as a personal trainer at Hi-IQ, a new gym that opened its doors for the first time on Saturday. He was on hand at Smeaton Grange as prospective members pumped weights and did cardio sessions in the new gym’s opening day.
Simona had tried to resurrect his career with an overseas rugby stint, although officials and clubs didn’t want to register the disgraced footballer. He has admitted to gambling addiction and cocaine use and it’s unlikely the NRL will ever allow him back after betting on opposition players to score in games he was involved in.
The 25-year-old has indicated he will plead guilty to fraud over the sale of signed jerseys supposedly auctioned off for Camp Quality. He is due to appear in Campbelltown Local Court on July 11.