THE Greg Bird saga took a new twist with Catalans Dragons revealing they are aiming to throw the Australia international a lifeline.
The 25-year-old stand-off or back row forward is in limbo after the British High Commission refused him a visa to take up a contract with Bradford Bulls because of a pending court case.
The former Cronulla player is facing serious assault charges relating to an incident involving his girlfriend and he hopes to clear his name in Sydney on April 27.
But the Sydney Telegraph claims Bird’s management have been in discussions with the Catalans in a bid to gain a backdoor entry into Super League.
“I don’t believe there will be a problem with him getting into France, like he has getting into the UK,” Catalans general manager Christophe Levy told the Telegraph. “They look upon things differently to France.
“We are looking for some quality forwards and Greg Bird is a quality forward.”
Bird has been offered the chance to maintain his fitness by playing low-grade rugby union but it is thought he would forego that opportunity to play in Europe if a working visa was approved.