NRL club takes a hard stand early in its season.
The Parramatta Eels have sent a clear message to its playing group this season in the wake of the news they have suspended hooker Nathan Peats.
In relation to an unspecified incident in Bali which occurred before he joined the club in the off-season from South Sydney, to which the Eels released a statement.
“Parramatta Eels player Nathan Peats has been served with disciplinary sanctions due to breaking the NRL Code of Conduct in October last year, prior to joining the club,” the statement said.
“Peats was involved in two related incidents, and while no criminal charges were laid, following an internal investigation and consultation with the NRL Integrity Unit, it was deemed that the player had breached the NRL Code of Conduct.
“The club has enforced the following sanctions, four game ban (three games suspended until October), $10,000 fine (50% of fine suspended until October), undergo anger management course provided by NRL Welfare and Education Department
“Peats has accepted the penalty and will not be available for selection for Saturday’s game against the Sydney Roosters.”
The suspension comes as an early season blow to Peats and the Eels, who are leading the competition after their big win 36-16 over the New Zealand Warriors.
Peats should be available for selection for Parramatta in round three when they travel to Brookvale Oval to play the Manly Sea Eagles on March 23.