The NRL has announced it will not register Anthony Milford's contract with South Sydney until the completion of criminal proceedings against the playmaker.
Milford has been charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage involving a vehicle after being arrested in Brisbane on September 20.
The arrest came after police responded to reports of a disturbance in the Fortitude Valley nightlife precinct.
The 27-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Rabbitohs after his troubled seven-year stint with Brisbane came to an end at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Whether Milford ever plays for his new club however remains uncertain following Tuesday's decision.
"Given the severity of the allegations, particularly that two charges allege violence against women, the NRL will not consider an application for registration until the court process is complete," the NRL said in a brief statement.
South Sydney issued a statement of their own saying they respect and support the NRL's stance and will await the outcome of the legal proceedings.
Milford faced court for the first time in October.
Australian Associated Press