Danny Wicks is back in the NRL with the Eels…
Convicted drug dealer Danny Wicks has been given the green light by the NRL to return to the game and take up a one-year deal with the Parramatta Eels.
Wicks spent 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of supplying drugs in 2011.
However the Eels announced it had signed the forward after reportedly impressing during the club’s pre-season.
Eels chief executive Scott Seward said Wicks’ new found attitude and dedication resulted in him securing the deal.
“Danny’s dedication over the last few months of training has been exceptional,” Seward said in a club statement.
“He’s shown he’s prepared to work hard to earn his place at our club, and to work with us and the NRL throughout the process of managing his return to the game.”
“I’m very thankful for the NRL’s help and professionalism over the past few months to reach this outcome, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pushing for an opportunity in 2015.”
Wicks said this was the opportunity he dearly needed.
“I started a couple of weeks early to catch up,” Wicks said.
“But I’ve got faith in myself: this is the fittest I’ve been and I’m really excited. [This] might only be my second chance, but it’s my last and I’ll make something of it.”
“This is the opportunity I needed in my life.”
Wicks had made 69 first-grade appearances in the NRL following stints at both St George Illawarra and the Canterbury Bulldogs.