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Woods tried to help Simona at NRL's Tigers

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Tim Simona of the Tigers © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Tim Simona of the Tigers

Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods has revealed how he tried to help embattled teammate Tim Simona deal with some off-field issues prior to his betting scandal.

Auckland-born Simona's playing future is under a cloud after meeting with the NRL on Monday to be interviewed over betting allegations that could result in a lifetime ban.

The NRL has asked the 25-year-old to hand over any further information to them as soon as possible as they finalise investigations into the saga.

Woods admitted he had been in touch with the Tigers centre to ensure his wellbeing, but said he had also previously been concerned about people influencing Simona off the field.

"I just wanted to make sure he's alright because obviously he's going to get hounded a fair bit from everybody," Woods said on Fox Sports NRL 360 on Tuesday.

"Look, I know he's been caught up with a couple... the people he's been hanging around probably hasn't helped at the same time.

"We've had a couple of discussions away from footy about the things that he can do. At the end of the day, we can only control what happens when he comes into Concord and trains with us."

It's understood the governing body is keen to conclude the matter quickly but no deadline has been set for Simona to hand in the documentation required.

Once it has been received, investigators will provide a report to NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg for a final determination.

However that might not be the end of the matter, with Simona holding the right to appeal any potential ban to the NRL appeals tribunal.

Simona has been stood down since last month, with the threat of contract deregistration, when it was alleged he had placed bets on NRL matches.

It has since been reported those claims allegedly extend to Simona placing bets on opposition players he was marking to score tries.

Greenberg has maintained a hardline stance on any potential match fixers, previously declaring he would ban anyone found guilty for life.

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