5 Dec 2008

Bird's future still undecided

8:01 am on 5 December 2008

Cronulla's fallen star Greg Bird will have to wait to learn if he has any future at the National Rugby League club after the Sharks board decided to continue their deliberations on his future beyond last night.

The NSW and Australian representative five-eighth fronted the board in response to the club's "show cause" notice issued back on November 12th.

Bird was stood down from playing or training by the club in August after being charged with the alleged assault of his girlfriend Katie Milligan, who suffered a fractured eye socket.

An initial charge of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm was later downgraded to reckless wounding.

He faces other charges, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two charges of lying to police, and is set to appear in court for them to be heard in April.

Bird is signed to the club for four more seasons, though Sharks officials reportedly wanted to sack him, with suggestions also that they ask the NRL to ban him for two years.

If Bird is sacked by Cronulla and deregistered by the NRL, English Super League club Warrington is considered a likely candidate for his services.