Steve Michaels: Hull FC told nothing, says boss Lee Radford

Steve Michaels is tackled
Michaels's former club Gold Coast Titans have been taken over by the NRL amid a drug scandal

Hull FC have not been contacted over an investigation into a drugs scandal in Australia's National Rugby League that implicates their centre Steve Michaels, according to head coach Lee Radford.

Radford named the ex-Gold Coast Titans player in his squad for days after

"I've had no contact from Titans, the NRL, the Queensland Crown Commission or the old bill over here," said Radford.

"At the moment it's just a newspaper."

Five Titans players are suspended over allegations of supplying or possessing cocaine, and served with court notices. The Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission said the warrant would be executed on Michaels's return to Australia.

The Black and Whites agreed a deal for the 28-year-old in September, and since then the Australian's former club have been taken over by the NRL amid the current situation.

"It's been tough for Steve. He's been rattled, and we're hoping a ball in his hand will be the best thing for him," Radford told BBC Radio Humberside.

"With it going on on the other side of the world it's tough on his family.

"From my perspective, until I'm told differently he's available for selection.

"Right now all it is is a great article in the Courier Mail."external-link