Super League target Ofahiki Ogden has found a new club.
However, it will not be in the UK; Ogden, instead, has signed a train-and-trial deal with the Parramatta Eels.
The rampaging forward, who plied his trade as a Canterbury Bulldogs player since debuting for the club back in 2018, was let go in the summer alongside 13 Bulldogs players.
Ogden’s future – not just in Canterbury, but in the NRL – seemed to be heading westwards when he was charged by police with the possession of drugs.
The 25-year-old Kiwi pleaded guilty to cocaine possession but avoided conviction and was free to sign with another club in a bid to revitalise a struggling career.
The former Canterbury forward has rejected a number of Super League sides’ advances in order to remain Down Under.
“I’ve been training and keeping my mind busy,” Ogden told the Daily Telegraph, before he had been offered this deal by Parramatta.
“I am trying not to think about it too much. The work I’m putting in will pay off when a contract does come.
“I’ve been up at 5am and training six days a week with (renowned trainer) Justin Lang. I’ve had to keep my mind away from all the stuff that’s happened.”