Revelations of Stephen Dank landing a job in cricket has dumbfounded rugby league star Sandor Earl, who is living in Thailand as he awaits his official suspension for drug use and trafficking.
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Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday that Dank has been given the opportunity to head up the sports science unit in the women’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition that will be staged over two weeks in Singapore in September.

Earl took to Twitter late on Saturday night to express his dismay.

”Wow unbelievable i cant even play park footy..Flanno cant watch footy and Dank gets new job,” Earl tweeted.

One of his followers then fired back, claiming: ”he wasn’t bound to the professional contracts you two were”, to which Earl then replied: ”he was contracted at essendon and on the payroll?”.

It is understood a decision on the future of ex-Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan and former strength and conditioning coach Trent Elkin could be announced by the NRL before the start of the season and as early as Monday.

Both Flanagan, who was banned for 12 months by the NRL, and Elkin – suspended indefinitely – have submitted their appeals after being granted a deadline extension until February 28.

It remains unclear whether Earl will be granted a reprieve or a reduced sentence from ASADA for providing substantial assistance.

Under the substantial assistance clause in the world anti-doping code, Earl could have his suspension reduced from four years to one.

Earl, who was given an infraction notice last August, hasn’t given up hope of returning to rugby league.

He is undertaking mixed martial arts training and admits he is considering competing.

”Because of being banned from playing football and not having any idea from ASADA when I’ll be able to play, yeah, it has crossed my mind [competing in mixed martial arts],” Earl told MMA Corner.

”It’s a bit of a hard one to decide, though, because I don’t want to be putting all my eggs in one basket and focus on a career in combat sports when I could be going back to playing football this year some time.

” I am hoping for around August at this stage.”

Earl, who has opened a health and smoothie bar in Phuket, said: ”I do miss playing footy and being around the team and all the boys from the [Canberra] Raiders. If, and when, I do go back, I look forward to being able to one day play footy again.”

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