NRL player Lovett hid cocaine in underwear

Ethan James and Steve Zemek

When Wests Tigers forward Kyle Lovett was asked by NSW police if he had any prohibited substances in his underwear the player came clean.

"I'll be honest with you, I do," the 23-year-old said in the early hours of December 23 after officers had stopped his black Mercedes.

The off-season night out in late 2016 ended with a bag of cocaine being pulled from Lovett's undies.

And on Wednesday, after pleading guilty to one charge of drug possession, the second-rower received a six-month good behaviour bond while escaping a conviction.

Police noticed Lovett was "sweating profusely" and clenching his jaw when they pulled over his Mercedes near Sydney's Star Casino on December 23, court documents reveal.

The Leichhardt junior initially denied there were drugs in the car but was more honest when faced with a roadside strip search.

Lovett's lawyer George Elias on Wednesday told the Downing Centre Local Court the player was "extremely remorseful".

"He tells me he still has to face the NRL integrity unit, possibly a fine and lengthy suspension and may even lose his contract," Mr Elias said.

Lovett has been cut from this weekend's Auckland Nines tournament and is facing the possibility of further sanctions.

The club released its final Nines squad on Tuesday but made no mention of Lovett's withdrawal, having quietly removed his name from the playing list.

The club is considering further punishment, however any ban or fine must be approved by the NRL integrity unit.

Lovett didn't miss a game for Wests in 2016 and played for NSW City against NSW Country in the annual representative fixture.

He was driving at Pyrmont around 1.30am on December 23 following a night at the Ivy nightclub when he was pulled over by police.

White powder was found by officers on the driver's seat and in the footwells of both front seats, prompting questions and a search.

A plastic bag containing 0.39 grams of cocaine was eventually seized from Lovett's underpants.

An MDMA pill was also found on the road under the driver's door but the 23-year-old denied it belonged to him.

Magistrate Janet Wahlquist said she considered his clean record when determining a sentence.

"I accept that young people make these sorts of mistakes and do use some form of illicit drugs," she said.

Lovett is off contract at the end of the season with rumours the Tigers are looking to offload him due to salary cap pressure.