St George Illawarra have sacked star centre Dane Nielsen after he was found to have breached parts of his NRL contract.
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Nielsen was stood down by the club following an incident in a Cronulla nightspot on March 22, where he was alleged to have bitten a female patron.
The Dragons announced on Tuesday that Nielsen’s contract would be terminated effective immediately.
St George chief executive Peter Doust said that while it was disappointing to see Nielsen, it was the “appropriate” outcome.
“This is an unfortunate circumstance for both Dane and the club and the decision has followed a thorough investigation undertaken by the club and the NRL integrity unit as well as a hearing before the board of the St George Illawarra Dragons,” Doust said in a club statement.
“Unfortunately Dane’s particular actions were in breach of his obligations and upon review of all information by the board of the Dragons, the decision was made that termination of his contract was the appropriate outcome.
“Whilst Dane will no longer officially be a part of the Dragons, the club has offered to assist him with any necessary support from an education and welfare perspective.”
The 29-year-old only joined the Dragons in the off-season and played just two games before being stood down in late March.
Nielsen previously had stints at the Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors before joining St George for the 2015 season.