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Catalans want Bird despite conviction

06/05/2009 08:02:24 PM Comments (0)

Former Australia Test star Greg Bird looks set to be offered an extended contract by French outfit Catalans Dragons despite being convicted of attacking his girlfriend with a glass and lying to police.

Bird was found guilty of reckless wounding by a Sydney court last week and is due to be sentenced on June 22.

If he avoids a custodial sentence, the 25-year-old appears certain to be offered an extension to the one-season contract he signed with Catalans after failing to get a visa to play for Super League giants Bradford.

"We are talking to his agent," said Catalans general manager Christophe Levy. "We are still waiting for the full decision of the court but we would like to keep him. He is our captain and a world-class player."

Bird was released by his NRL side Cronulla following his arrest but a number of Super League clubs were interested in taking him before the rejection of his visa application forced him to opt for a move to France.

He was made captain of the Dragons after just two substitute appearances and has missed only one of the Dragons' last 10 matches, despite making two trips to Australia for court appearances.

The assault on his American girlfriend, Katie Milligan, took place in August 2008.

Bird was found to have lied to police after blaming Milligan's facial injuries on a flatmate.

Bird is currently battling a hamstring injury and will have a late fitness test before Catalans travel to Challenge Cup holders St Helens for a fifth round clash on Sunday.

The Dragons are also sweating on Bird's half-back partner Thomas Bosc (shoulder) and Australian Test prop Jason Ryles, who has missed the last two matches with a thigh strain.

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