NRL star Corey Norman’s mounting baggage threatens to damage his contract asking price after he copped two drug convictions on Wednesday.
Norman will have to front a meeting with Parramatta officials to determine any club punishments over the drug matters.
But the playmaker has also been seeking a big pay upgrade that would put him among the game’s biggest earners after he comes off contract at the end of this season.
Norman pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed restricted substance and was fined $800 when he appeared at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.
It came after he had MDMA and Diazepam seized from him by security at Sydney’s The Star Casino when he underwent a random check in May.
Any penalties handed down by the Eels will also come under the watchful eye of the NRL integrity unit, who have the power to hand down further sanctions as they see fit.
And the real cost to 25-year-old Norman could be much higher when he works out his playing future.
The convictions are the latest episode in a spate of bad publicity he has incurred recently.
Along with then-teammate Junior Paulo and then-Penrith hooker James Segeyaro, Norman was warned off by police after a photo was posted of the trio dining earlier with a group including former senior Nomad boss Paulie Younan and accused fraudster and money launderer Rafat Alameddine.
Police documents submitted to the court said CCTV footage of the dinner showed a small white container being passed from one male to another at the dinner, before it was given to Norman.
Norman had then later told security the Diazepam was medication for his muscles, before another man claimed the drugs were his.
Eels officials are also reportedly interested in discussing claims Norman sent a video of an elderly man appearing to snort a white substance to other NRL players via social media application Snapchat.
The claim comes after a similar video was believed to be one of two being shopped around to media outlets over the weekend.
The other video is believed to show Norman in the room with Segeyaro and a naked woman.
Neither Norman or Segeyaro are believed to have been doing anything illegal in either of the videos.
Despite the videos not yet appearing in the public domain, the Eels could become more concerned if Norman is found to have shared the video himself.