Travis Waddell

The man who helped start Travis Waddell’s NRL career at Canberra has ruled out throwing the “trapped” Raiders hooker a lifeline next year.

Neil Henry – then the North Queensland assistant – left Townsville to take up the Raiders coaching reins in 2007, with Proserpine’s Waddell in tow.

Henry – now the Cowboys head coach – felt for Waddell after the 2010 Indigenous All Star was banned from playing in the NRL for the rest of 2011 due to a change in dual registration rules.

But the North Queensland mentor ruled out making a play for the 22-year-old rake next season despite admitting he had spoken to Waddell’s management.

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Under new NSWRL dual registration rules, Waddell is not able to play for the Raiders again this season.

Fringe Raiders must play in the local Canberra league – but Waddell opted to continue turning out for Souths Logan in the Queensland Cup.

His future was further clouded at the Raiders after they re-signed hooker Glen Buttriss and upgraded young rake Matt McIlwrick’s contract.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Henry said of Waddell’s plight.

“He had to make a decision and he is sort of trapped at the moment.”