Bulldogs player Adam Elliott has vowed to seek professional help for an alcohol problem in a bid to save his rugby league career.
The Canterbury board has decided against punishing Elliot for his reported involvement in a lovers quarrel with former teammate Michael Lichaa and his partner. The club said since Elliot stepped forward and decided to seek help with his issues, they opted against sanctioning the forward.
The Bulldogs checked in with the NRL before making the call on Elliott, although it’s unclear if he will be ruled out of any pre-season trial matches or the start of the season. He’s expected to meet with health professionals as soon as possible.
A club statement on Saturday read: “Upon consultation with the NRL and the NRL Integrity Unit, the Club can report that there will be no formal breach from the NRL.
“The Bulldogs would like to thank the NRL in regard to their cooperation and support regarding this matter.
“In response to what has taken place, the Bulldogs have conducted their own review and have decided that Adam will undertake professional help in regard to issues with alcohol, with the Bulldogs to provide full support including a strict monitoring process.
“The club does not condone Adam’s actions which have had a negative impact on the club and its supporters, however, we acknowledge that Adam has taken full responsibility for his actions and we are supportive of assisting Adam in ensuring he receives the welfare support and help that he requires”.
The Canterbury forward acknowledged he has a problem and asked for privacy.
“This is an extremely difficult time for my family and I. They are my most important focus at the moment and I ask that people can respect mine and my family’s privacy at this time.
“In consultation with the club, I will be undertaking the necessary help that I require with appropriate measures and checks.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to all Bulldogs members, fans and sponsors about recent events. I have brought unnecessary attention to the club at a time when we are preparing hard for the season”.
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