Former NRL star Bronson Xerri is eyeing a career move to the NFL just days after his four-year doping ban for using a number of banned substances was confirmed.

The 20-year-old has approached Pacific Sports Management, according to the SMH, in an attempt to follow the NFL path blazed by other Aussie sport stars Jarryd Hayne and Valentine Holmes.

A major factor in Xerri’s decision is the fact his doping ban will not transfer over to the NFL as the league isn’t bound by the same World Anti-Doping Authority code as the NRL.

While it will no doubt be an extremely difficult path to even play a game in the NFL, one thing the former Sharks star has at his advantage is his age.

At 20 Xerri is significantly younger than both Holmes and Hayne, meaning he has more time to perfect his physique to the rigours of American Football and also to adapt to the league’s notoriously complex play books.

His lightning speed and powerful physique will also be highly regarded by NFL scouts.

The former Cronulla star was suspended last May, six months after testing positive to a number of banned substances, including testosterone, androsterone and etiocholanolone.

Xerri’s B-sample was confirmed positive for anabolic steroids last September, when he was handed a breach notice by the NRL and faced with a four-year ban from any World Anti-Doping Agency-compliant sport.

Bronson Xerri is eyeing a move to the NFL.
Bronson Xerri is eyeing a move to the NFL. Credit: Instagram/Getty

Xerri challenged the ban but on Tuesday had his last-ditch effort dismissed by the NRL Anti-Doping Tribunal.

His training and playing ban will expire on November 25, 2023.

“The Tribunal found that Mr Xerri intentionally took testosterone in late 2019 knowing that the substance was either banned or that there was a serious risk that it was banned,” a NRL statement read.

“The Tribunal also found that Mr Xerri’s actions were, on his own evidence, at best grossly negligent.

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