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Sandor Earl earns NRL lifeline

Sandor Earl is set to return to the NRL with the Melbourne Storm. Picture: Sunday Telegraph
Sandor Earl is set to return to the NRL with the Melbourne Storm. Picture: Sunday Telegraph

EXILED winger Sandor Earl will continue his career at Melbourne Storm after serving a four-year peptide trafficking suspension.

Earl, 28, has agreed to a one-year deal with the premiers, expected to make an official announcement this week.

The Herald Sun understands Storm monitored Earl for the past 12 months, with officials thrilled with the way the former Canberra Raider had moved on from the crippling ban.

Earl, who runs a successful F45 franchise in Melbourne, posted on Facebook about the "new chapter and a new beginning".

Earl last played in the NRL with Canberra in 2014.
Earl last played in the NRL with Canberra in 2014.

"A new club opens the door to a group that will become family and brothers. I walk in a new man armed with a fresh perspective full of new goals and an extremely positive outlook on the future," Earl wrote.

"I have overcome adversity and ultimately that will set me up for the greatest success." The former Raiders winger had been in talks with Melbourne since the beginning of the year, with his ban elapsing in late August."

Earl was suspended in 2013 after being caught in an investigation that probed several clubs including Cronulla Sharks.

The New Zealand-born winger, who scored 23 tries in 48 NRL games, will start the pre-season behind Storm star wingers Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu.

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