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Monaghan set for Super League

Huddersfield insist they are not considering former Canberra centre

Last Updated: 09/11/10 5:54pm

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Harlequins are favourites to sign Joel Monaghan after the disgraced centre announced he would be continuing his career in Super League.

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Australian Monaghan publicly announced his resignation from the Canberra Raiders after a lewd picture of him appeared on the internet.

The 28-year-old, a member of the Kangaroos' 2008 World Cup final team, attempted to read out a prepared statement in front of the media on Tuesday, choking back the tears before finally making way for his manager to finish off his comments.

"There are no hard feelings or grudges towards anyone else," he said in the statement. "They're my actions and I'm totally responsible.

"I'll have to handle the jokes and taunts which is understandable, but the players shouldn't have to put up with pressure that my ongoing presence will bring."

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Monaghan admitted that he would look to continue his career in Super League, where his older brother Michael plays with Warrington. His agent, Jim Banaghan, has already made contact with several clubs.

Quins have been linked with the player, though a spokesperson said: "I can confirm we haven't had any direct contact with Joel."

Huddersfield are still in the market for an overseas centre but managing director Richard Thewlis insisted Monaghan was not under consideration.

The 28-year-old had two years left on his contract with the Raiders. The NRL were ready to withdraw his registration if he looked to continue playing Down Under, though he could be back in Australia in 12 months' time.

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