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Bird expects to know fate on Friday

04/12/2008 10:42:10 PM Comments (0)

The Cronulla board was unable to reach a decision on Greg Bird's future with the NRL club on Thursday night after receiving a 10-page "show-cause" document from the fallen star.

Sharks chairman Barry Pierce emerged from the Cronulla Leagues Club, after a specially convened board meeting, to deliver a short statement.

"The board has obviously met with Greg Bird and his representatives this evening," Pierce read from the prepared statement outside the club.

"We have only received today a 10-page reply to the club's `show cause' notice issued on November 12, which has been discussed at length tonight with Greg and his legal counsel.

"The full board will now continue its deliberations.

"The next scheduled full board meeting is on the 16th of December."

Earlier, Bird had emerged from the meeting with his manager Gavin Orr saying his client was expecting a decision on Friday.

"We've come here tonight and we've met with the board and we think we've had a fair hearing and now we're going to wait for the results of that hearing sometime tomorrow, and that's all we're going to say," Orr told reporters.

But, asked if a decision would be announced on Friday, Pierce said: "With what we received today, we need a lot more deliberating, so there will be no decision tomorrow, I can assure you."

The NSW and Australian representative five-eighth left from the meeting at around 8.35pm (AEDT).

Pierce emerged around 35 minutes later.

Bird, flanked by Orr and his legal representative Les Nicholls, did not speak to waiting media before or after the meeting, which got underway at around 7pm (AEDT).

The board had convened around an hour earlier to discuss Bird's status with the club.

The board reportedly wanted to sack Bird, who is facing court on charges of reckless wounding and lying to police, and to ask the NRL to ban him for two years.

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