Posted: 31 October, 2016 by Triple M NRL / AAP

Trouble-Plagued Former NRL Player Returning To Rugby League

Tags: Matt Lodge, Brisbane Broncos

Matt Lodge Photo: Getty Images

Trouble-plagued former NRL player Matthew Lodge will attempt to resurrect his rugby league career with a feeder side for Brisbane.

Lodge has signed with Queensland Cup club the Redcliffe Dolphins after the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) board agreed to register Lodge’s contract this week.

It’s understood Lodge met with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett about seeking a return to the NRL.

Matt Lodge Photo: Getty Images

Redcliffe Dolphins operations manager Grant Cleal said on the club's website "the club took pride in giving young players a second chance after they had made mistakes".

While Dolphins head coach Adam Mogg said the club was committed to helping the former Storm and Wests Tigers star get his life back on track.

“It’s easy to criticise young guys when they step out of line; it’s easy to sit back and say ‘don’t give them a chance’,” said Mogg.

The NRL is unlikely to immediately register a first-grade contract because of his chequered history and may have to prove he has been rehabilitated before being allowed to sign with the Broncos and play in the NRL again.

Lodge was in 2014 given a three-week suspension by the NRL after writing "c***" on his wrist strapping while playing for NSW under 20s in a televised junior State of Origin match.

He was also stood down by the Tigers in 2015 over an alleged domestic violence incident which saw him charged with six counts of common assault.

Tags: Matt Lodge, Brisbane Broncos

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