Israel Folau's controversial bid for a rugby league return has been given a reality check by Queensland Rugby League.
The QRL hit back at threats of legal action by Folau's backer Clive Palmer in a statement on Wednesday, revealing they were yet to receive confirmation the dual international had been released from his playing contract with Catalans in France.
The QRL cannot proceed with any registration approval until the clearance is received.
Folau, who is seeking approval to play with Southport in Gold Coast park football, had his Rugby Australia contract torn up in 2019 over homophobic social media posts.
He then joined the Dragons on a deal that remains active until the end of this year, only returning to Australia on compassionate grounds.
Catalans have so far refused to release Folau, stating he remains contracted this season and were surprised by his appearance last week alongside Palmer.
Dragons football manager Alex Chan confirmed to the PA news agency the QRL had been in touch with the club.
"There was a lot of 'he said, she said' so they came straight to the source and I told them we've got a current contract with the player, we hold his registration and he's on our salary cap," Chan said.
"That's our stance. Nothing much has changed. We've left the door open for him to return and we're forever hopeful that he will come back and finish the season with us and win the championship.
"The ball is in his court, whether he does or not. We're anticipating a return, he will really bolster our squad."
The QRL made it clear Folau's controversial social media posts do not align with their beliefs and if he signs any breach of the code of conduct could lead to suspension or the cancellation of his registration.
Palmer had sensationally given the QRL until Wednesday to clear the 32-year-old's return, claiming failure to do so will see him issue a Federal Court injunction against the governing body on religious discrimination grounds.
"While the QRL acknowledges the differing views in relation to this application, the league is astounded that public commentary has included threats of protracted legal action should registration not be granted," a QRL statement read.
"As a not-for-profit organisation, the QRL's objectives are to foster and develop the game in Queensland and to generally take action that is considered to be in the best interests of rugby league in Queensland."
QRL'S FOLAU TERMS
* The QRL must receive confirmation of Folau's release from his Catalans contract before registration is approved.
* Once cleared, Folau will be granted permission to register for the Southport Tigers at a community rugby league level and no higher.
* Any registration is subject to Folau confirming he has read and understands his obligations as a player under the QRL rules, the QRL code of conduct and the Community Rugby League terms and conditions.
* Any breach of the code of conduct could lead to suspension or the cancellation of registration.