SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 29: Corey Norman of the Eels in action during the round nine NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on April 29, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Parramatta five-eighth Corey Norman will continue to play while he awaits his date in court on drug possession charges, but faces the unpalatable prospect of having a strike recorded against his name under the game’s illicit drug testing policy if he is found guilty of the allegations.

Norman, off contract at the end of the season and knee-deep in contract negotiations with the Eels, was yesterday charged with two offences after analysis revealed the capsules taken from his possession at Sydney’s The Star casino last week were MDMA. The 25-year-old was charged with possessing a prohibited substance and possessing a prescribed restricted substance, heaping more unwanted attention on a club in the throes of a salary cap scandal.

Norman now faces an uncertain future with the Eels, although the club released a statement last night — director Geoff Gerard was quoted in the absence of a chief executive — confirming he would continue to play while he was given the opportunity to defend himself.

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