Wellington junior Kotoni Staggs will have to wait a further two weeks before he can return to the Brisbane Broncos line-up after receiving a sanction from the NRL.
He was named Daily M Centre of the Year in 2020, but Staggs has not played a match this season. He has now been medically cleared to return.
However, according to a statement released by the NRL, Staggs must complete education and personal rehabilitation programs over the next two weeks before being approved to return to the competition.
Staggs was also fined $20,000 after engaging in "disreputable conduct at a public venue" in April this year.
The Broncos have also issued a statement to say Staggs had met with NRL CEO Andrew Abdo.
"It's really important for me to work hard at being a role model for all those kids who look up to me as an NRL player," Staggs said in the statement.
"I understand that I have to set a better example and think about the consequences of my actions for myself , my family, my club and for the game of rugby league.
"I've made mistakes but I'm committed to making sure that my behaviour is something I can be proud of in the future."
Staggs will be eligible for selection for the Broncos in round 16 when Brisbane host the Cronulla Sharks on July 4.
It is unclear where Staggs will line-up for the Broncos with centre, fullback and five-eighth all been discussed as options.
He is expected to play alongside new recruit Adam Reynolds in the halves next season.
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