Disgraced Bulldogs pair to learn NRL fate

Pamela Whaley
Corey Harawira-Naera (pic) and Jayden Okunbor have until Tuesday to respond to NRL breach notices

Disgraced Canterbury players Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera could be waiting until next week to learn their fate should they respond to NRL breach notices by 5.30pm on Tuesday.

It comes as senior Bulldogs players Josh Jackson and Aiden Tolman voice their concerns for the duo facing further suspension or deregistration.

Okunbor and Harawira-Naera were stood down by the NRL for taking teenage schoolgirls back to the team hotel for sex while in camp in Port Macquarie last month, breaking the game's code of conduct.

The duo are expecting heavy penalties, including deregistration, and have not been training with the team as they await their fate.

Their actions are not subject to a criminal investigation.

While he doesn't condone their behaviour, Bulldogs captain Jackson said he is concerned for the wellbeing of Okunbor, 23, and Harawira-Naera, 24, no matter what the punishment is.

"I will say those two guys, (what they did) doesn't reflect us as a club, it doesn't reflect our values and it doesn't reflect those guys' character as well," he said.

"We've got to make sure that we're careful here because they're young guys who've made a really bad decision, doesn't mean they're bad people, and we've got to make sure their welfare and their mental state is really looked after as well.

"We've got to be supportive of that."

The scandal has cost the club a major sponsorship deal with Rashays, believed to be worth $2 million.

The Bulldogs are now without a front of jersey sponsor heading into round two.

Although disappointed, Tolman echoed Jackson's concern and said while he has an opinion on the punishment the pair should face, he won't voice it publicly.

"It's a very difficult situation, they've obviously done the wrong thing and let down the team and the club and everyone else involved in it, the fans, the members, but in saying that too, they're really good people," he said.

"For me, this is well out of character for what they both bring to this club.

"What's more important for me is making sure their welfare is all right.

"There's going to be some harsh calls come down and they need to know what they did was wrong, and not right, but in saying that too they're still people, we still need to make sure we're there to support them during this time."

"It's frustrating for this to happen right on the NRL season, but it has.

"I've got my opinion, I don't want to say it, I don't want to get drawn into that comment at the moment."