Sandor Earl faces a one-year ban. Photo: Jay Cronan
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Sandor Earl's admission of the use and trafficking of a performance-enhancing drug is rock bottom of a rollercoaster career.
Whether he's stripping down to his underwear, being charged with assault or flying through the air for a spectacular try, the Canberra Raiders winger has never been far from the headlines.
Earl joined the Raiders midway through the 2012 season after securing an early release from the Penrith Panthers.
The 23-year-old was an immediate hit, forming an impressive combination with centre Blake Ferguson and playing a vital role in the Raiders' charge towards the finals.
The pair were just as tight off the field, Earl getting the phrase ''Dorguson'' inked on his skin in a sign of their close bond.
It's one of countless tatts across the Gen Y devotee, who is a preacher of the YOLO (you only live once) lifestyle. A photo of Earl lifting Ferguson on his shoulders at last year's Foreshore music festival - the same one Ferguson was ejected from for spitting on patrons - will live on as an enduring image of the controversial pair's short-lived stint in the national capital.
Earl grew up in Sydney's eastern suburbs, attending esteemed rugby league school St Gregory's College in Campbelltown in years 7-11 before transferring to Matraville Sports High School.
He made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in round 16 of the 2009 season against the Cronulla Sharks, playing three games.
However, he was sacked at the end of the season when he and Roosters teammate Jake Friend were charged with the assault of a female. Earl was found not guilty.
He joined the Panthers the following year, scoring an unbelievable try where he planted the ball down despite being in mid-air in the qualifying final against the Raiders. Earl was always on the fringes of the first-grade side, playing just five games in 2011 and three last year before being cut loose.
He became a more regular contributor at the Raiders, but his position came into question this year with the emergence of young guns Jack Wighton and Edrick Lee.
Still, it came as a shock when Earl exercised a get-out clause in his contract with the Raiders to sign a two-year deal with French rugby union club Pau until the end of 2015. All up, Earl scored 23 tries in 48 first-grade games for three clubs. But those stats will be forgotten among the drugs mess.