STEVE MICHAELS COURT
Former NRL player Steve Michaels has been committed to stand trial on drug charges with code-hopping star Karmichael Hunt to give evidence against him.
Michaels, 31, faced a full hand-up committal hearing at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with 10 counts of supplying a dangerous drug in 2014.
The former Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans player, who was arrested and charged on returning to Australia in November after two years in England, will stand trial in Southport District Court at a date to be set.
Michaels' arrest was part of the same cocaine scandal that embroiled several Titans teammates, including Dave Taylor and Jamie Dowling, as well as Hunt, who had just finished his stint in the AFL with the Gold Coast Suns after switching to rugby union.
Most of the players involved have already been sentenced but Michaels, who spent the next two years playing for English club Hull FC, was not arrested until he returned to Australia.
Two separate statements from Hunt were handed over at his committal hearing on Thursday, along with statements from four others.
Michaels' defence lawyer, Campbell MacCallum, indicated his client would contest the charges upon his arrest, however neither was willing to comment outside court.
Hunt, who pleaded guilty to four counts of drug possession in March 2015, was fined $2500 by the court but also suspended for six weeks by the Queensland Reds, fined $30,000 and stripped of the Reds vice-captaincy.
He is still contracted to the Reds in Super Rugby but hasn't played this season after being arrested on drugs charges during a night out in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
Originally charged with possessing cocaine, Hunt eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges of possessing the prescription drug Xanax and contravening a direction or requirement from police to report for fingerprinting.