From unashamed pin-up boy to the first offender named in the ASADA probe into performance-enhancing drugs in the NRL - Sandor Earl has found fame for all the wrong reasons.
He became the first NRL player to be issued with an infraction notice by the league yesterday after he admitted to taking and trafficking peptides.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Maori and Hungarian stock, Earl was raised in Sydney's eastern suburbs and made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2009.
His feats on the field failed to raise too many eyebrows in a struggling side.
He was released by the club after an incident at a Sydney hotel after which he and hooker Jake Friend were charged with assault (although they were subsequently cleared).
Earl moved to Penrith where he made a bit more of an impression, on and off the field, when he scored six tries in 16 matches then secured a contract as an underwear model.
The heavily-tattooed Earl even took out a lonely hearts advert in a newspaper claiming that he was looking for love with a picture of him posing in underpants.
But it was after his mid-season move to Canberra in 2012, after he had struggled to get a game for Penrith, that he started to make the news for the right reasons as a free-scoring winger who crossed the line eight times in his first 12 games for the Raiders.
He continued his good form this year but his name was linked with the ASADA probe since a report on the Nine Network earlier this year alleged that he'd been injected with peptides at a private clinic in Cabramatta.
Earl responded at the time that he was shocked at the claims and vowed to clear his name.
"I absolutely deny any wrongdoing. My solicitors have already begun investigating defamation procedures," he said.
Interest was also raised in a possible switch to AFL club Essendon when it was reported he had a tryout with the Bombers, organised by Stephen Dank, who he knew from the sports scientist's brief employment with the Panthers.
His future looked to lie away from rugby league when he secured a switch to French rugby union club Pau for next season - something that's in extreme jeopardy after yesterday's announcement. AAP