Bronson Xerri’s comeback plans have picked up steam after the former Cronulla centre instructed a new agent to find him a club.
Xerri seems hellbent on making his NRL debut when his doping ban ends with the speedster now putting himself on the open market when he is free to join a club next year.
Confidential understands that Xerri has agreed to join the stable of Matt Desira, whose company Aria Management looks after the likes of Marty Taupau, Daine Laurie and Jayden Campbell.
Desira also manages incoming Wests Tigers assistant coach Benji Marshall, who will take over the head coaching duties from Tim Sheens at the end of 2024.
Xerri, at one point regarded as one of the game’s emerging stars, hasn’t played since the end of 2019 after receiving a four-year ban for failing a doping test.
His failed doping test was made public in May 2020 as he made his comeback from a shoulder injury.
Not long before his ban, he had rejected a deal worth $500,000 a season with Cronulla amid rumours that he was in the sights of the Sydney Roosters.
Now he finds himself attempting to start again, provided Desira can find a club that is willing to take a chance on the 21-year-old.
Xerri’s ban ends in November next year but he is free to resume training with a club from September. There were suggestions he would have a crack at the NFL but this move now points to a potential NRL return.
Xerri played 22 games for the Sharks in his only season in 2019 where he was named joint rookie of the year at the club alongside Briton Nikora.
Under clause 10.14.2 of the WADA code, suspended athletes may “return to train with a team or to use the facilities of a club or other member organisation” during the last two months of ineligibility.
It means Xerri is barely 12 months away from returning to the game.