Henry says leaving the five players in isolation will do them more harm than good.
Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry says the five players embroiled in the cocaine scandal should be allowed to play in the NRL after they appear in court next week.
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Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling are set to face court on March 7, while Greg Bird, Dave Taylor and Kalifa Faifai Loa will appear at the Southport Magistrates Court two days later on March 9.
According to AAP, the matter is expected to take two years to solve, and Henry told reporters that leaving the players in isolation will do them more harm than good.
“There’s been players who’ve had to go to court but they’ve still played, they haven’t been stood down, in a variety of codes, not just rugby league,” Henry is quoted as saying by AAP.
“In fact, playing football and being around their mates will be a real bonus.
“The isolation at the moment is making it really difficult for our players.”
The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission stated that more high profile arrests would be made by the end of the week, making for a nervous wait for players involved in the alleged trafficking of cocaine into south-east Queensland.