Fortunately the 2017 season is five months away because the NRL's integrity unit won't rush its decision to register the contract Kieran Foran has signed to play for the Warriors next year.
Kiwis Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson share a moment.
Warriors managing director Jim Doyle announced last night that the Kiwis five-eigth had agreed to a one-year deal worth a reputed $600,000 while the NRL is yet to receive a contract.
"The next step is for the contract to be registered but we haven't seen that yet," an NRL spokesperson told ONE News.
"Once we see that, we'll probably talk to him and then we'll determine whether the contract should be registered."
The NSW Crime Commission is currently investigating alleged match-fixing and the NRL wants to make sure Foran is not implicated in any way.
It's hoped the 26-year-old will be cleared to play before the investigation, a long-term proposition, is completed.
The NRL has said it is 'not tied to any time table' regarding Foran's potential return.
Foran will also need to convince the NRL he has recovered from the mental health issues that plagued his personal life and rugby league career before he walked away from a $5 million Eels deal just two months ago.
His relationship with gambling identity Eddie Hayson also remains under the spotlight.
Doyle has already held talks with the NRL's integrity unit and said last night that the Warriors are committed to 'supporting' Foran throughout what could be a lengthy process.
"I've had a lot of time to think about my future over the last few months," Foran said in a statement.
"Initially footy was the furthest thing from my mind and I needed time away from the game. More recently the desire to play again has completely returned and I’m very keen to make a big contribution next year.
"While I had other options, coming to Auckland emerged as the best decision for me. Being in a new environment was important but I'm also incredibly excited by the potential of the club and the quality roster it has. I can't wait to be part of the team and I want to play a major role in 2017 in taking the club to the next level.
"I have so many people to thank for making this happen and for supporting me through what's been a tough period.
"Now I want to repay them. The Warriors have so much to offer and I'm looking forward to working with so many players I know from the Kiwis as well as Mooks (Stephen Kearney)."