Wests Tigers player Tim Simona stood down over NRL betting scandal
New Zealand-born Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona is facing being rubbed out of the game after becoming embroiled in a betting scandal.
The NRL said they had issued Simona with a notice to cancel his registration after he was alleged to have broken rules relating to gambling on the game.
Simona has the right to appeal but has been stood down from training and will not be allowed to play before the matter is finalised.
The Tigers issued out a statement confirming the 25-year-old was being investigated.
"Wests Tigers have been made aware that player Tim Simona is currently under investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit in regards to allegations of breaches of the rules relating to gambling on NRL matches," the club said.
"The club will be making no further comment until the investigation is complete."
Simona was born in Auckland but moved to Australia as a six-year-old where he settled in western Sydney.
After playing for the Tigers under-20s side in 2010, he made his first-grade debut the following year and has gone on to make 79 appearances while playing five tests for Samoa.
Off-contract with the Tigers at the end of the year, Simona had been linked with a pre-season move to the Gold Coast.
But earlier this week he said he was hopeful of remaining at the Tigers.
"The club's been there ever since I was a kid. I just want to perform each week," he said.
"That's my goal, be that consistent player. I've come from a shoulder reconstruction. I've been training hard, working my shoulder, trying to get it right, hopefully come round one I'll be there."