Maitua given a lifeline by the Bulldogs

THE Bulldogs yesterday reinstated prodigal son Reni Maitua ) after he was suspended for breaching the club's code of conduct.

The 31-year-old, who played 100 games for Canterbury before switching to Cronulla and then Parramatta, was given a lifeline for season 2014 by his original club which had sacked him in December 2008 for not turning up to training.

He was stood down last month after being charged with assaulting a taxi driver.

The incident followed a night out drinking in Kings Cross. Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle said Maitua, who went public last week with details about his battle against depression, which had forced him to consider taking his own life, had agreed to strict terms and conditions that went well beyond the club's required player behaviour standards.

The conditions include a full alcohol ban which has been endorsed by the NRL Integrity Unit.


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