The Courier-Mail

Former Origin player cuts deal over cocaine sting

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give a statement. It is understood Seers, who has been charged with drug traffickin­g for his alleged role in a multimilli­on-dollar cocaine cartel, has met with detectives to provide a detailed statement in exchange for amended charges.

It is the same deal offered to Hunt, who famously outed teammates at the Gold Coast Suns as well as a high-profile Titans NRL star in his own statement to the CCC investigat­ion.

Originally charged with drug supply, which could have led to jail time and a four-year ban from internatio­nal sport, Hunt walked from court in March with a $2500 fine, no conviction and a club-imposed six-week playing ban.

Lawyers for accused cocaine kingpin John Touma have already prepared a submission to grill Hunt as a witness in cross-examinatio­n during the looming court trial and a similar scenario could now face Seers, who enjoyed a distinguis­hed NRL career that included four State of Origin appearance­s for the Blues in the 1990s.

Touma’s defence lawyer Chris Hannay said he would consider lodging an appli- cation to put Seers in the witness box as well.

It is alleged Seers acted as a courier for Touma, delivering drugs to a host of footballer­s linked to the scandal, including Hunt and former Queensland State of Origin player Jason Smith.

His co-operation with authoritie­s could be vital in nailing some of the scandal’s biggest players.

Lawyers for eight past and present Titans NRL players charged with supplying cocaine are adamant there is no basis for the charges against their clients.

They are preparing a “no case” submission to be presented to a magistrate when the matter returns to court next month.

Seers and Touma are scheduled to face Southport Magistrate­s Court again next week.

Seers’ lawyer did not return calls from The Courier-Mail.

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