CONTROVERSIAL: Matt Lodge made his comeback to the NRL on Thursday and was hammer by Dragons fans everytime he received the ball.
CONTROVERSIAL: Matt Lodge made his comeback to the NRL on Thursday and was hammer by Dragons fans everytime he received the ball. DARREN ENGLAND

Consistency lacking in NRL decision

Comment: Has the NRL lost control?

Matt Lodge is the name on everyone's lips and his return to rugby league started on Thursday's game against the Dragons.

The red and white fans hammered Lodge for the full 80 minutes, booing him every time he got the ball and let him know how they feel about his return to the NRL.

It has been about three years since his rampage in New York, where he terrorised a family in a home invasion, and he has been in exile from the game for 984 days (which ended on Thursday).

There has been much discussion about whether Lodge should be playing or not.

But there has not been much comment from the NRL in the lead up to Lodge's first game.

Matty Johns and Laurie Daley have both questioned the NRL's decision, with Daley suggesting Lodge must front his victims to apologise and have his pay docked to ensure compensation is paid.

I agree, the NRL should have had these measures in place before he took to the field.

With the return of Lodge, shouldn't NSW Blues player Todd Carney be allowed back into the game?

But then why not open the doors to Ben Barba as well?

NRL chief executive Todd Greenburg has given the green light to Lodge but Carney's return is awaiting approval.

An article by FoxSports said that Carney had signed a one-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys but his return hinged on the green light by Greenburg.

Carney has a string of minor and non-violent offences but nothing major to the likes of Lodge.

As a fan, my biggest frustration with the NRL is consistency.

On-field has been disastrous, with the introduction of the Bunker, which has done little to sort issues still within the game.

I could go on about those but these off-field issues regarding player behaviour seem to be going down that same path.

It is hypocritical.

I do not condone the behaviour of any of these players but there needs to be some consistency by the NRL.