“This hurts the kid. He’s learning, he’s been exposed to a very big arena that carries a lot of pressure and responsibility. None of that is an excuse for Reece, which he established [on Sunday] morning and we don’t condone this behaviour.
“It’s important to put our hand up and deal with it and now we get on with supporting Reece through this process.”
This hurts the kid. He’s learning, he’s been exposed to a very big arena that carries a lot of pressure and responsibility.
Walsh is expected to incur one strike under the NRL’s illicit drugs policy, with a second to automatically trigger a 12-game suspension.
Walsh made such a big impression during his rookie NRL season that he was drafted into Queensland’s State of Origin squad for game two after just seven NRL games. He eventually missed the match with a hamstring complaint.
But the Warriors insist he will rebuild his reputation after the Gold Coast saga.
He is expected to face court next month.
Earlier in the night Cronulla forward Toby Rudolf uploaded a video of the pair singing along to Sweet Caroline before the night took a turn for the youngster.
The NRL integrity unit has been alerted to Walsh’s arrest.
Walsh is hot favourite to win the Dally M Rookie of the Year from the Roosters’ Sam Walker after being crowned RLPA Rookie of the Year last week.
The NRL is likely to break with years of tradition and won’t release the Dally M Medal winner to the media before Monday night’s ceremony after Jack Wighton’s shock victory last year leaked online hours prior to the official announcement.
The identity of the winner, named as the game’s most outstanding player of the season, will follow an AFL-style Brownlow Medal format, where the victor is strictly guarded.
Traditionally, the NRL would provide the embargoed winner to newspaper publications late on Monday afternoon to help with producing print editions, but are favouring going against the practice after Wighton’s win lit up social media before last year’s COVID-affected ceremony.
The Daily Telegraph accidentally published Raiders star Wighton as the winner in an online article, which was seen by numerous readers. Several took screenshots of the story and the winner quickly spread across social media, even before players had arrived at Fox Sports’ Artarmon studios for the slimmed-down virtual awards.
Penrith’s Nathan Cleary has joined Manly’s Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans, South Sydney’s Cody Walker and the Roosters’ James Tedesco in the final five in contention for this year’s award.
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