Troubled forward Matt Lodge is ready for a return to the NRL, according to his former Wests Tigers teammate Mitchell Moses.
Lodge was sacked by the Tigers in October 2015 over domestic violence allegations, and the 21-year-old has been in and out of the headlines since his arrest in New York late last year.
He enjoyed a triumphant return to rugby league at the weekend when his St Patrick’s A-grade side won their grand final.
“I think he’s ready to come back,” Moses said.
“I have spoken to him a lot since the incident and he has really changed his ways. He is off the drink and he is really trying to change himself.
“Speaking to him he seems a calmer person and more mature in the way he handles himself.
“He would be a massive asset to any team.”
Lodge has been linked to a return to the NRL with Brisbane.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has spoken to Lodge about playing at Red Hill.
“Before it all he was one of the up-and-coming front-rowers in the game, if not the best front-rower coming through,” Moses said.
“He was a big loss for us. But if a team picks him up he will be a massive asset.”