Bronson Xerri, exiled from the NRL for four years after he was caught with banned substances in his system, has set his sights on a new goal: making it in the NFL.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Xerri has approached Pacific Sports Management – the same agency that helped Valentine Holmes try his hand at American football – to assist him in achieving his newfound ambitions.
At only 20 years of age, the young man certainly has time on his side, but there are still big question marks over whether he would be able to cut it in one of the toughest sporting competitions in the world.
His speed, skill and size would hold him in good stead, but he would be competing for a roster spot with some of the world’s very best athletes.
Xerri is said to have consulted lawyers and been given the green light to give the NFL a crack. Major US sports, including the NFL, are not signatories to the World Anti-Doping Code.
In his most recent tweet, which has since been deleted, the former centre implied he also sees a future for himself in the NRL.
“The comeback is on, 2024. MIA until I got news for my real fans.”
The former Cronulla Shark also had some words for his critics:
“For all you haters out there calling me a drug cheat, you all have no clue how much I put in the work to be where I was.”
As Xerri stated, he will be eligible to return to the NRL for the 2024 season, but it remains to be seen what his prospects will be at that point in time.