DUMPED Shark Brett Seymour is in secret negotiations to resurrect his career with the New Zealand Warriors - and NRL chief executive David Gallop won't stand in the way of a deal.
Just four days after Gallop warned every club they could be fined for recruiting serial offenders, Seymour has vowed to clean up his act in an attempt for a final shot at the NRL.
The talented five-eighth had his contract torn up at Cronulla just three weeks ago after becoming embroiled in yet another alcohol-related incident.However, the 24-year-old has since taken steps to resurrect his career, including attending regular counselling sessions.
His engagement to long-term girlfriend Roseanne is also considered a turning point in Seymour's bid to pick up the pieces of his once promising career.
Despite New Zealand officials taking a vow of silence over the potential signing, The Sunday Telegraph
has learned Seymour has already met with coaching staff and toured club facilities.
Another long-distance phone call last Thursday from Seymour to Warriors coaching director John Hart is believed to have ramped up negotiations.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah told The Sunday Telegraph
during the week: "I can't confirm anything.''
Coach Ivan Cleary's phone went to message bank.
However, when contacted yesterday Gallop confirmed he was fully aware of the developments. But Gallop said a 2010 contract would only be registered on the strictest of conditions. "I told them 2009 was out of the question but we would look at 2010,'' Gallop said.
"I also reminded them this was a classic example of what was brought up at last week's CEOs' conference. That responsibility for who they bring into the game is something the clubs accept as being accountable for. I also spoke to the Warriors about how, in this instance, there would be the need for a number of conditions to be put in place. From what I understand both parties, club and player, are comfortable with that.''
The Warriors believe Seymour would prove an ideal replacement for retiring veteran Stacey Jones.
A popular figure at the Sharks, Seymour also has the backing of Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart. "Why deny it? In this case football would help Brett as a human being,'' Stuart said. "If it gets to the point where Brett finds another club the NRL should tick off on it, absolutely.''