Talks to take place over Titans players
LAWYER Campbell McCallum, who represents six of the present and former Gold Coast Titans players who pleaded not guilty to a range of cocaine possession and supply charges, has met with the club's board in a bid to see four of them return to the playing field as soon as possible.
A Rugby League Players Association representative also arrived at the club late yesterday to join the talks, with a decision expected today or tomorrow.
Origin stars Greg Bird and Dave Taylor, retired Maroons stalwart Ashley Harrison, former Titan Joe Vickery and winger Kalifa Faifai Loa appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday and had their cases adjourned until May 8.
McCallum is trying to have the current players, who were stood down from the round one loss to the Tigers, reinstated.
Teammates Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling fronted court last week and also had their cases adjourned until May 8. Queensland Reds recruit Karmichael Hunt pleaded guilty last week to four counts of cocaine possession and received a $2500 fine.
Meanwhile, 11 players have been charged from round one, with Parramatta forward Junior Paulo facing up to eight weeks out for a dangerous throw on Manly's Matt Ballin.
Brisbane's James Gavet pleaded guilty to a grade two shoulder charge on Issac Luke and will miss three games. Bulldog playmaker Josh Reynolds (grade one dangerous throw) and Manly forward James Hasson (grade two dangerous contact), also face time out.