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Jets fail to land Bird

By Steve Jancetic 16/02/2009 07:48:14 PM Comments (0)

Life in limbo will continue for former Test five-eighth Greg Bird after plans for a shock comeback with NSW Cup side Newtown broke down on Monday.

Attempts to rekindle Bird's stalled playing career in the second-tier competition were scuppered following talks between the Jets and the sacked Cronulla star's manager Gavin Orr.

Instead Bird will continue training on his own ahead of a possible stint with Super League side Bradford pending the result of his April court case where he is facing charges of assaulting girlfriend Katie Milligan.

"It just got a bit bigger than what it was and since it's gone the way it has he won't be doing anything (with the Jets) just waiting for the court case now and he'll go about his own business," Orr said.

Stood down by Cronulla midway through last season when the alleged incident with Milligan was said to have occurred, Bird was released by the Sharks last month before promptly coming to terms with Bradford.

His switch to the northern hemisphere came unstuck when he was refused a visa by English immigration officials, Bird saying he would wait until after the resolution of his court case before appealing the visa decision.

That was before a chance meeting between Orr and Jets director Terry Rowney last Friday where the idea of Bird turning out for the storied club was first raised.

Bird was set to play for the Jets in last Saturday's trial against Cronulla before NSWRL officials stepped in, the fixture's governing body claiming it did not know enough about Bird's release from the Sharks to allow him to play for the Jets.

The Jets said they would seek to register a contract with the NSWRL on Monday, until Rowney and Orr decided to put a stop to it.

"I don't think it was ever a case of trying to play for Newtown because he's contracted to Bradford," Orr said.

"It was just about doing some training and he was invited in for a trial.

"When it all blew up like it did, I just spoke to Terry today and I said `mate we won't be having any more discussions about this' and he agreed."

Rowney denied the Jets had done anything untoward in attempting to lure Bird to the club, before admitting the situation was too awkward to deal with.

"It's just all too hard," Rowney said.

"We just wanted to let him play a bit of football, let him deal with his own personal issues which he has to face up to."

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