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Sacked stars plead case to NRL for return after domestic violence convictions

12th November, 2023
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Michael Jennings in his Eels days (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
12th November, 2023
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Former NRL stars Curtis Scott and Michael Jennings have applied to the NRL to be registered again after they have each been out of the game due to a string of off-field problems.

Scott was sacked by Canberra in 2021 and had a potential contract at Parramatta torn up while Jennings was banned by the NRL at the end of the previous season while at the Eels due to a breach of anti-doping rules.

A three-year ban was reduced to two for Jennings after he admitted to using prohibited substances and he wants one last crack at the NRL with the Roosters.

The former premiership-winning centre was on 298 NRL games when he was dramatically pulled from Parramatta’s team on the eve of a 2020 finals match.

He has also been found guilty in the NSW District Court of abusing his former wife during their marriage.

Scott was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and intimidation last year for assaulting and threatening his former partner. He was sentenced to a 12-month community corrections order and fined $1400.

The 26-year-old centre, who played for Thirlmere in the Group Six competition last year, won a premiership as a teenager with Melbourne in 2017.

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He switched to the Raiders in 2020 but played the last of his 23 games at the club the following year when they showed him the door.

Curtis Scott of the Raiders looks dejected

(Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Scott wants another chance to prove himself at the NRL and has discussed a return with clubs but needs to be granted approval from the NRL.

“A lot of the mistakes I’ve made happened when I was under the influence of alcohol,” Scott said in a NewsCorp interview. “I’ve cut it out of my life. I attend AA meetings.”

“I am sorry. I regret all the incidents heavily. They play on my mind daily. I’m extremely sorry I’ve brought the game into disrepute.

“I have to wake up and look at myself in the mirror every day and sometimes it’s hard to see. I want to prove to myself that I’ve grown as a person. I’ve made mistakes yes. But I’ve learnt from them. I want to help others.”

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