Troubled NRL star Paul Vaughan has hit out at critics who don’t believe he should get a second chance in the competition.
Vaughan was the ringleader of the infamous St George Illawarra Dragons Covid-19 breach, as he hosted a BBQ which a number of his teammates attended.
The forward copped a $50,000 fine, an eight-game suspension and his Dragons contract, believed to be $800,000 a season, was torn to shreds.
But Vaughan’s had plenty of time to think about his actions, and has three words to say to those who believe he should have played his last game of footy.
“I deserve it,” Vaughan said.
“Everyone’s going to have their opinion. I can’t change much about that.
“I’m very willing and very motivated to show everyone that I deserve this opportunity.
“I don’t take it for granted at all. I think I can still play my best football in the Bulldogs’ environment.
“I know deep down in myself that I think I deserve this opportunity and I’m going to take it with both hands.
“I’m not going to let anyone second guess if it’s the right thing to do.”
It’s been weeks since Vaughan was sacked by the Dragons; he’s since had plenty of time to mull over his actions.
Unsurprisingly, the power of hindsight has been a major driving force in Vaughan’s thoughts, as he watches the Dragons’ games from his couch.
“I’d give anything to go back and change the decisions that I made that afternoon,” Vaughan said.
“I’d love to change what happened, I’d do anything I could to go back in time, but I can’t do that.
“I’ve got to accept that and now it’s just about putting my best foot forward with the Bulldogs.”