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NRL star Reni Maitua s lawyer says he is undergoing treatment to deal with underlying issues .
AAP NRL star Reni Maitua's lawyer says he is undergoing treatment to deal with "underlying issues".

Rugby league star Reni Daniel Maitua is undergoing treatment to ensure an assault charge against him does not lead to a "revolving door" of court appearances, his lawyer says.

Maitua is charged with assaulting a taxi driver in November last year, and has applied to have the matter dealt with under mental health legislation.

He is undergoing treatment and is "very committed" to his recovery, his lawyer Danny Eid told reporters outside Waverley Local Court on Tuesday.

"He's undergoing extensive treatment, because we really need to deal with the underlying issues rather than treat this as a revolving door case," he said.

The treatment program is about making Maitua's health a top priority, and any legal leniency as a result would simply be a "bonus", Mr Eid said.

Suspended after the charges, the 31-year-old was reinstated by the Canterbury Bulldogs in December last year under strict provisions, including a total alcohol ban.

The club had been very supportive of the one-time Australia representative, Mr Eid said.

The matter will return to court for mention on March 3, and is expected to be dealt with on April 24 at the Downing Centre.