Kennedy NRL doping hearing postponed

Kennedy NRL doping hearing postponed

Martin Kennedy’s NRL career remains in limbo after his appearance before the NRL anti-doping tribunal on Wednesday was postponed due to confusion over his legal representation.

Tim Unsworth, who represented Sandor Earl, had been Kennedy’s legal counsel.

Kennedy will still appear before the tribunal and its chairman Ian Callinan QC for a brief directions hearing in order to set a later date to settle the case.

“The case involving Mr Kennedy has been postponed for a few weeks in order to allow him to gain legal representation,” an NRL spokesman told AAP.

Kennedy is facing a two-year ban over alleged doping.

In March, Kennedy was issued with an infraction notice for the alleged possession and alleged use of banned substances.

The 26-year-old returned to Sydney Roosters after an unhappy one-year stint with Brisbane, but he did not play in the NRL last season after being stood down due to the allegations.

Last month Earl was hit with a four-year ban from the NRL for trafficking banned substances.

He faced the NRL anti-doping tribunal in September.

The former Canberra, Roosters and Penrith winger had his suspension back-dated and it expires on August 29, 2017.

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