Rugby League: Israel Folau partners with Australian billionaire Clive Palmer with hopes of playing comeback

Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau is reportedly on the verge of resurrecting his sporting career, targeting a return to rugby league on the Gold Coast.

Folau, 32, hasn't played in Australia since 2019, after a series of homophobic outbursts on social media saw Rugby Australia terminate his contract.

The crosscode star most recently plied his trade with French Super League side Catalans Dragons, where remains contracted until the end of 2021. 

But Folau seems to have partnered with outspoken Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, with the two to front media on Friday.

Palmer has reportedly purchased an advertisement in the Brisbane Courier-Mail, which will read "Let Israel play football”.

Australian Associated Press reports Folau wants to play for Southport Tigers in the Gold Coast A-Grade competition.

Earlier this year, Folau's hopes of returning to the NRL were quashed, when public backlash saw St George Illawarra Dragons abandon their bid to sign him. 

Australia's Christian Lobby also launched an online petition to see Folau allowed back in the NRL, gaining more than 12,000 signatures.