Former Airlie Bird set for trial

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Former Hull FC centre and winger Steve Michaels is set to stand trial in his homeland.

The Australian who featured for the Airlie Birds for three seasons between 2015 and 2017 has been accused of involvement in a cocaine scandal which hit the media Down Under when Michaels, now 31, was contracted to the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans. One of many players involved in the scandal, the former Brisbane Bronco is the only individual yet to be sentenced or charged. Former Catalans Dragons and Toronto Wolfpack prop Dave Taylor pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and received a $1,000 fine, and Karmichael Hunt – a former team mate of Michaels who is set to testify against him – also pled guilty, being handed a $2,500 sanction.

A case which saw rugby league players in the Queensland area of Australia supplied with drugs, former Sydney Roosters player John Touma – who played for the club under the name John Thomas – has already been sentenced to nine years in jail earlier this year after being found to be something of a drugs ‘kingpin’.

Michaels left Hull FC with 47 appearances to his name and, when he returned to Australia at the end of 2017, was immediately arrested to face charges surrounding the drugs scandal.

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