If this story has legs it will do more damage than good for this event.
The last thing it needs is players that have been retired for 10 years coming back to try their hand with a squad full of junior players.
Former Sydney Roosters captain Brad Fittler has indicated he will come out of retirement to play for his old club in the Auckland Nines.
News Corp Australia reported on Thursday that Fittler was poised to make a comeback with the Roosters at the NRL's new pre-season tournament.
Fittler later acknowledged on Twitter the speculation was correct.
"Pumped about given the opportunity to play again for the roosters. Demi has been keeping me fairly fit. #icebath," the rugby league great posted.
The deal is yet to be rubber stamped by the NRL.
"We'll be investigating the proposal with the NRL when they reopen on Monday," Roosters chief operating officer Brian Canavan told News Corp.
Fittler will be 42 when the two-day tournament starts in New Zealand on February 15.
He played the last of his 336 first-grade games in 2004, then coached the Roosters from 2007-2009.
Many NRL fans are skeptical of these type of events as in the past similar tournaments were stacked with young Junior speedsters that were largely unknown by the bulk of the fans and the games died the death, hopefully this is some sort of promotional joke.