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Sandor Earl 'has itch' to play sport again

Former Raider Sandor Earl is keen to play again while the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority decides his fate.

Former Raider Sandor Earl is keen to play again while the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority decides his fate. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Former Canberra Raiders winger Sandor Earl has ''the itch'' to play sport again and is keen to see if amateur clubs will allow him to do so while the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority decides his fate.

On the day the Raiders and the ACT Brumbies returned to pre-season training, Earl said that he missed being part of a team and was keen to be involved in more physical activity. He turned to social media to declare he was ''fitter than ever'' and keen to play knockouts or tournaments.

A year ago Earl would have been with his Raiders teammates starting pre-season and preparation for the NRL campaign.

Earl was provisionally suspended in September when he was the only player charged and issued with an infraction notice for use and trafficking of a performance-enhancing drug.

Earl confessed to the use and trafficking of performance-enhancing drug CJC-1295.

However, it is unclear whether his provisional suspension prevents him from playing amateur sport.

Thailand-based Earl stressed he was not seeking a rugby league comeback.

''I'm just getting a bit of itch, I'm starting to get that buzz again, there's not much sport in Thailand,'' Earl said. ''I'm not going to dive into anything until I know what's happening.

''I'm just waiting and waiting to see what the future holds and get some direction.''

ASADA has not yet decided Earl's punishment, expected to take the form of a reduced one-year ban for use and trafficking of CJC-1295 in 2011 while recovering from a shoulder reconstruction.

He faces bans of two years for each offence, but is seeking a 75 per cent reduction for ''substantial assistance''.

''Any League/Union tournaments or knockouts going on at the moment??,'' Earl tweeted on Monday.

''Professional/Fun I still haven't been banned and am fitter then ever!!''

Earl has been training in Thailand and has opened an organic health bar in Phuket.

An ASADA spokesman said: ''When and what we say about any operational matter is strictly governed by our legislation. Under our legislation ASADA is unable to provide further comment at this time.''

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7 comments so far

  • not many league clubs could call themselves amateur. Thats the problem with basing your game around money, there aren't that many who would even play park football if they weren't being paid at least something.

    Commenter
    camboh
    Date and time
    January 07, 2014, 11:31AM
    • Third option in the survey; 'should Earl just get a warning like all the others involved and not be made an example of by ASADA who are too weak to actually impose any significant penalties'? BIG TICK.

      Commenter
      hohum
      Date and time
      January 07, 2014, 11:57AM
      • Yeah mate a big tick for drug trafficking and cheating, thats the way to go. The others deserved warnings, Earl deserved his punishment, end of story. Big Tick!

        Commenter
        MattFromOz
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        January 07, 2014, 4:47PM
    • Mabey the NRL should let him play for Parra after screwing up the Falou signing, the extra crowds, buzz and support for one of sydneys most loved clubs is more important then what an auditor thinks. Look at the NRL's salary cap auditor track record its very dogy, ie How could the roosters sign SBW, Jennings, O'Donald and Maloney in one year ???

      Commenter
      Desparo Eel
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 07, 2014, 12:37PM
      • 'How could the roosters sign SBW, Jennings, O'Donald and Maloney in one year ???'

        You mean O'Donnell?

        I think you'll find that Parra has made lots of signings (and retentions), they've just had no plan. Roosters paid $550k a year for SBW... Eels pay $550k a year for Chris Sandow.

        Other para-players that 'matter' include the Hayne drain (always injured), Hoppa (back from his mormon mission at > $500k), Mortimer (who's playing for the Roosters while Parra pay 50% because parra disliked him so much), The list goes on really... it's nobody's fault except parra's for where they are at.

        Parra could have kept Mortimer (Sandow wasn't needed), signed Hopoate, Hayne, Folau and a few more stars (e.g. Jennings) if they were smarter.

        Commenter
        Sonny Bill
        Date and time
        January 07, 2014, 2:46PM
    • @MattFromOz- name says it all!! BTW, Not your mate!! Drug trafficking? Cheating? Get a life and a dose of reality. Earl was as aware the supplements were illegal at the time as say... Paul Gallen. Is Gallen a drug cheat? Nice and easy to have a scapegoat rather than a witch hunt.

      Commenter
      hohum
      Date and time
      January 08, 2014, 1:45PM
      • My name probably says it all too - Earl now has to take his medicine (every pun intended)

        Commenter
        Stevo
        Location
        Strathpine Qld
        Date and time
        January 09, 2014, 3:24PM

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