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NRL set to let naughty Dog back in

By Ed Jackson 05/12/2008 07:42:43 PM Comments (0)

Reni Maitua's chances of playing in the NRL next season have improved dramatically after a deregistration threat was seemingly lifted.

NRL chief executive David Gallop suggested in the immediate aftermath of Maitua's sacking on Wednesday by the Bulldogs that he wouldn't be allowed to play for another club in 2009.

But Gallop backed down on Friday after he was given new evidence relating to an alleged incident at a Sydney nightclub which showed Maitua's role was minimal.

"It appears Reni was not the instigator," Gallop said.

"The next step for the NRL is to wait and see if another club wishes to sign him and what to do if he does move on."

Gallop said any move for Maitua would be subject to behavioural conditions to try and avoid the troubled former Kangaroo from again finding himself in hot water.

In a bizarre twist Maitua said he wanted to appeal the Bulldogs decision to sack him over several aspects of the decision he claims are untrue but didn't intend to stay with the club.

"I am confident that the investigation being carried out by the Bulldogs will clear me of any involvement but I have had to live with the said allegations and innuendo for the past 48 hours and will continue to do so until the investigation is complete and my name is cleared," Maitua said in a statement.

"As far as the Bulldogs decision to terminate my contract is concerned, I wish to advise that I have through my manager indicated that I will be appealing that decision.

"This does not mean that I have an intention of remaining with the Bulldogs particularly given that I have recently and on two occasions sought a release from the club but (been) refused."

Maitua did however say he had failed fans, the club and himself and would need to change his lifestyle to continue his first grade career.

"I will certainly be making every effort to restore an image that is somewhat tarnished not to mention a career that I have damaged by virtue of my free living spirit," he said.

"I must however accept that the spirit and way of life that I enjoy is not conducive to being a professional rugby league player in the modern game.

"I will adjust to continue my rugby league career."

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