Titans board to get advice over drugs scandal

THE Gold Coast Titans have sought counsel from a Sydney barrister to try to work out whether players caught up in the cocaine scandal should be allowed to play while their cases are before the court.

Five players - Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Jamie Dowling, Beau Falloon and Kalifa Faifai Loa - have been stood down indefinitely by the club while they face court on charges of supplying cocaine. They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges in Southport Magistrates Court, and are due to appear again on May 8.

The club has received details of the allegations against three of the players, and Sydney silk Tony Bannon QC will provide advice to the board within the next few days to allow a decision to be made on the immediate playing future of that trio.

None of the five current players charged are likely to be available for Saturday's clash against Penrith in Bathurst.