NRL deny Dragons’ request to allow Jack de Belin to play as new contract revealed

The NRL will not allow Jack de Belin to play for the Dragons or any other club until he is found not guilty of all sexual assault allegations, or the charges against him are dropped.

A jury of eight men and four women on Monday found de Belin not guilty of one charge, relating to one sexual act allegedly performed by de Belin.

The jury were unable to reach a unanimous or majority verdict on the remaining five charges, which related to other sexual acts allegedly performed.

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NRL: Jack de Belin has been found not guilty on one count of sexual assault but the jury was dismissed after failing to reach a unanimous verdict on five other counts….

NRL: Jack de Belin has been found not guilty on one count of sexual assault but the jury was dismissed after failing to reach a unanimous verdict on five other counts.

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The jury was discharged after the conclusion of the second trial de Belin and his co-accused Callan Sinclair faced on the charges, after last year’s trial ended in a hung jury.

But De Belin has to wait until May 28 to learn if he will face a third trial

The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday revealed de Belin signed a contract extension with the Dragons in 2020, which will see him remain at the Dragons until 2024 if he is cleared of the charges.

The Dragons have been paying de Belin a reduced wage outside the salary cap while he fights his case before the courts.

De Belin’s salary, believed to be between $700,000 and $8000,000 a season, will only kick in if he is found not guilty, with his contract to be terminated immediately if he is found guilty.

It represents a substantial increase on his current $595,000 a year deal.

“The Jack de Belin court matter did not reach a verdict on five of the six charges as a result of a hung jury in Sydney District Court on Monday,” the Dragons said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

“De Belin was however found not guilty of a sixth charge. De Belin remains subject to the NRL’s no-fault stand down policy.

“The next steps concerning all facets of the matter are yet to be established. The Dragons will continue to provide the necessary welfare support to de Belin and his family. As this remains a legal matter, the club will make no further comment at this time.”

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The Dragons increased their contract offer to de Belin in a bid to ward off a $3 million four-year contract offer from the Warriors.

De Belin is due back in court on May 28, when the Director of Public Prosecutions is expected to announce whether they will hold a third trial against the former Origin star.

However the DPP potentially could request more time, which could deny de Belin the chance of playing in the NRL in 2021.

The Dragons have been in talks with the NRL over their stance on de Belin depending on potential outcomes of the second trial.

De Belin is currently stood down by the NRL under the controversial No-Fault Stand Down policy, which denies player’s the opportuntiy to play while they fight court charges with a potential penalty of 11 years or more in prison.

The club believes any attempt to let de Belin play before he has been cleared of the charges or had them dropped would be unsuccessful.

The 30-year-old who has not played in the NRL since 2018 will return to training with the Dragons, but not with the first grade squad.

Originally published asNRL deny Dragons’ Jack de Belin plea as secret $3m contract details revealed

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