Exiled former Knights halfback Jarrod Mullen has moved a step closer to launching a sensational NRL return after signing a deal with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup.
The 33-year-old has been banned from all competitive forms of the sport since testing positive to anabolic steroids in 2017.
With his four-year ban set to expire this week, Fox Sports reports that Mullen has signed a one-year deal with the Falcons who are a feeder side for current reigning NRL premiers the Melbourne Storm.
Late last year, the playmaker publicly expressed his desire to make a comeback to professional sport after avoiding a prison sentence for the supply of cocaine in Newcastle.
“I’ve backed myself to play NRL again,” Mullen said. “I don’t care how old I am.”
The exiled star was sentenced to 300 hours of community service in February last year for supplying cocaine in 2018.
Mullen played 211 matches for the Knights after his debut in 2005.
Tipped to be the next Andrew Johns, he made his State of Origin debut for NSW at age 20 in 2007.
His career highlight came in 2013 when he guided the Knights to within one week of the NRL grand final.