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Sharks still want to hear Bird's story

By Liam FitzGibbon 27/08/2008 07:00:49 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla say they are still waiting to hear from Greg Bird about the events that led to the Test star being stood down indefinitely from the NRL club.

Bird has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on his girlfriend, Katie Milligan, and is due to appear in court again on October 8.

The NSW and Test star contacted the club after the alleged incident on Sunday but chief executive Tony Zappia admitted "a reasonably different" version of events was heard in court on Tuesday.

Zappia said the club still wanted to meet with Bird and his manager Gavin Orr to discuss the incident.

"There's intentions to meet with Greg and his management company, yes," Zappia said.

"We've extended an invitation, it's just a case of confirmation as to when and where.

"Obviously he'll be getting some legal advice, it's just a case of when there is a stage that things have settled down I assume, so we're just waiting on that.

"It's just a case of finding out what did occur."

Asked whether he was disappointed in Bird's lack of communication with the club so far, Zappia said: "I'll make no comment on that."

Bird's career hangs in the balance, with reports he will be sacked by the Sharks regardless of the findings.

He faces a possible jail term if convicted.

Zappia did not want to get into reports Bird's career with the Sharks was finished.

"It's not a decision for me," Zappia said.

"I won't be making the decision alone, it's a full club decision."

The club has removed Bird's player profile from its official website.

Meanwhile, police are reportedly investigating a possible breach of Bird's bail conditions following a visit by Orr to the lock's injured girlfriend in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

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