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Disgraced Bulldogs duo granted extension to plead their case over schoolgirl sex scandal

Canterbury players Jayden Okunbor and Corey Harawira-Naera have been granted an extension until next Tuesday to respond to NRL breach notices over the sex scandal that has rocked the club.

Jayden Okunbor Source: Getty

The Bulldogs put in a request to the NRL for an extension on Tuesday's 5.30pm deadline due to the serious nature of the allegations against the disgraced duo, who are suspended indefinitely.

Showing an intent to fight for their NRL careers, Harawira-Naera and Okunbor now have a further five business days to show cause why they should not face further punishment, including deregistration.

They have been stood down from all club duties for taking teenage schoolgirls back to the team hotel for sex while in camp with the Bulldogs in Port Macquarie last month, breaking the game's code of conduct.

Corey Harawira-Naera. Source: Getty

Their actions are not subject to a criminal investigation.

The pair are bracing for heavy penalties and have not been training with the team as they await their fate, which could take up to a fortnight to decide.

With the NRL set to continue into round two, it's an added distraction for the Bulldogs who are also dealing with the uncertainty of the NRL in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bulldogs will host North Queensland at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night in the first game behind closed doors.

"We're really united in our playing group and in our club, we've had some different things come up over the last few weeks and we're dealing with those and we just want to make sure that tomorrow is about playing against the Cowboys and we play really well tomorrow," said coach Dean Pay on Wednesday.