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Dragons star Amone put in career limbo after $500,000 contract ripped up by NRL

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28th December, 2023
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Dragons star Junior Amone has had his $500,000 contract deregistered by the NRL after failing to contest the breach notice he received last week, leaving his future career in doubt.

The player had a week to lodge an appeal, but has chosen not to, in essence accepting the sanction from the league that will see his contract deregistered.

Sporting sanction was always likely following his conviction for attacking a tradie with a hammer, and while Amone avoided jail for the incident, he has now lost his job as a result.

He was given 300 hours of community service and will now perform that instead of playing footy in 2024. The player had already been stood down from club duties in anticipation of a sanction.

The 21-year-old Dragons player was served the notice by the NRL last Tuesday, which started the process by which his contract could be deregistered.

His deal with St George Illawarra was up at the end of 2024 anyway, and while he could later apply to be registered again, that would need a club to take a risk on him to do so.

“The National Rugby League has today issued a Notice to St George Illawarra Dragons player Talatau Junior Amone under the NRL Playing Contract and Remuneration Rules,” read a statement from the league last week.


“On 11 December, 2023 the player was sentenced in Wollongong Local Court to two years imprisonment by way of an intensive corrections order and 300 hours of community service.

“This sentence followed Amone’s conviction on charges of Intimidation and Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm in Company relating to an incident at Warrawong on 15 November 2022.

“Additionally, the player was fined $1,000 by the Court for a charge of Destroy or Damage Property and ordered to pay compensation to the victim.

“The NRL’s wellbeing and counselling services have been made available to the player.”