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Lewis caught red-handed with courier over plot for $650 eBay sale

When asked by an official what he was doing, Lewis was found to have told the courier the speaker system wasn’t meant to be delivered that day.

The Bulldogs then reported the incident to the NRL integrity unit, who heard from an apologetic Lewis it was a joke gone wrong.

He has since refunded the money to the eBay buyer and will be required to meet NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo.

Lewis, who is in the final weeks of a deal worth more than $400,000 per year with the wooden spooners, is struggling to save his NRL career.

He was fined $10,000 by the NRL on Friday and ordered to undergo education and counselling courses.

The 25-year-old, who has been told by the Bulldogs he won’t have his contract renewed next year, is now grappling with the prospect of having the rest of his deal torn up over the saga, which has angered Canterbury officials.

Lewis, who was named in the Bulldogs’ starting team for last week’s clash against the Sea Eagles, has been stood down from the final two games of the season. Canterbury will finish their campaign against the Tigers on Sunday.

Lewis has featured in 43 games for the Bulldogs over four years and is without a deal for next season. The NRL said it wouldn’t cancel the rest of his contract with Canterbury, but he would need to re-apply for registration if finds another club for 2022 or beyond.

He’s one of 12 players who will leave the Bulldogs at the end of the season, including former State of Origin forward Dylan Napa.

Lewis’ manager Luke Lombardi did not respond to requests for comment from the Herald.

The Lewis conundrum comes as the Bulldogs edge closer to a climax with the Adam Elliott situation, telling the back-rower’s manager David Riolo they would be happy to facilitate any wishes he had for his client to rejuvenate his NRL career elsewhere.

Elliott, who was served a breach notice for being thrown out of a Gold Coast restaurant shirtless after a toilet tryst with NRLW player Millie Boyle, is due to front the club’s board on Monday.

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Asked about the importance of finishing the season well, coach Trent Barrett said: “We’ve got a lot of guys leaving the club we want to send out on a good note, most notably Will Hopoate who has been here a long time.

“He’s a really good fella and he’s been a really good player for the club. We’d like to make sure we send him out a winner.

“It has been a really big learning curve for [our young guys] and they’ve been thrust into first grade probably 12 or 18 months prematurely through different circumstances. I think at times they’ve handled themselves really, really well and got a lot of lessons out of them.

“That’s all I can ask of the players; to play with a lot of pride and an outcome would be lovely.”

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