Sacked NRL star Kevin Proctor could be given shock lifeline by Grand Final-winning side following Super League link

If there is one rugby league player that has dominated news headlines in recent years for all the wrong reasons then it sacked NRL star Kevin Proctor.

After being cut off from the Gold Coast Titans for bizarrely vaping in the toilets at the CommBank Stadium during half-time of the Titans’ big loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs in July, much has been made of where Proctor’s next move will be.

The curly-haired New Zealander was linked with a big Super League move after reportedly holding talks with Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity and Salford Red Devils, but the latest is that Proctor will not be heading to the UK competition.

He had been linked with retirement, but now zerotackle have broached the potential of Proctor going back to the Melbourne Storm.

It’s a bizarre link, but it’s one that could certainly work with head coach Craig Bellamy known for getting the best out of a player that is currently struggling.

The centre/winger, Young Tonumaipea, fared averagely at the Gold Coast, but has excelled when called upon by Bellamy, whilst the veteran coach has also made a move to bring Tariq Sims to Victoria in 2023.

That underlines Bellamy’s keenness to try and get something more out of a player that has perhaps struggled at another side – and the fact that Proctor has experience of Melbourne could stand him in good stead, too.

Proctor spent nine seasons with the Storm between 2008 and 2016, playing almost 200 games before securing a big-money switch to the Titans.

It’s fair to say that things have not exactly gone the former Kiwi’s way at the Gold Coast, qualifying just once for the finals whilst at the club and enduring a dip in form to say the least in recent seasons.

It would be sad to lose the 33-year-old before he is ready to go out on his own terms, but Bellamy could certainly be his knight in shining armour.

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