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St George Illawarra is set to sign fallen rugby union star Wendell Sailor.
According to reports in The Australian newspaper, the 32-year-old will sign with the Dragons after his drug ban ends in May next year.
Sailor, a dual international who switched to rugby from rugby league in 2002, had received a two-year ban after testing positive to cocaine following a Waratahs Super 14 game in April 2006. Sources told the newspaper that the Dragons were looking at playing the winger as a second rower.
NRL chief executive David Gallop said the league would not stand in the way of any club wanting to sign the former Brisbane Bronco.
Meanwhile, Dragons chief executive Peter Doust claims the unprecedented midseason player movement is a result of last year's upheaval in the NRL's coaching ranks.
The club-swapping continued unabated yesterday with the Dragons picking up Parramatta lower grader Michael Lett, just a day after giving controversial pivot Richie Williams an immediate release to join Penrith.
While much of the Dragons problems have been self-inflicted with injury and salary cap issues ravaging the club, DOUST claims new coaches at rival clubs are finally starting to leave their imprint.
Seven clubs entered season 2007 with a new man at the helm while new club Gold Coast also had a rookie coach in the form of John Cartwright.
Out west, Penrith five-eighth Peter Wallace could be the next player to switch clubs midseason after being dropped to premier league for the Panthers this weekend.
Wallace's manager Allan Gainey has told the 21-year-old, who has already agreed to join Brisbane from next year, to seriously consider seeking a release from the Panthers to join the Broncos immediately after he was banished from first grade, despite being amongst Penrith's best performers this season.
Troubled Bulldog Ben Roberts is back in first grade for Friday's clash with Manly at Brookvale despite being charged for drink driving on the weekend while he was already suspended for breaking team curfew.
And Sydney Roosters hooker Craig Wing is expected to confirm his move to South Sydney today.
The Roosters reported on their website earlier this week that WING had signed a four-year contract to join the Rabbitohs from 2008, but neither the Bunnies or WING are yet to confirm the deal.
WING and Souths co-owner Russell Crowe are expected to officially announce the signing at a press conference today.