Parramatta Eels halfback Tim Smith has been suspended indefinitely by his NRL club after officials were alerted to his recent drinking session, only a week after player and club agreed on a cold turkey alcohol ban for Smith for the next 12 months.
The troubled Smith was recently given the benefit of the doubt by reporters here at NRL News also, however he seems to have deeper problems than first thought.
He has recently admitted himself into an inter-state rehab group for alcohol related troubles. At the age of 22, many felt the young halfback would be immediately axed by the Eels, however after reports his teammates have urged club officials to help rather than alienate the troubled star – the Rugby League club has agreed to suspend the player and see to it that he gets immediate help.
This latest episode for Tim Smith is another in a long line of headlines for the NRL in the offseason. NRL and Rugby League insiders would be quietly happy with the amount of NRL headlines being generated, stories that are boosting NRL stocks in a time when other sports take centre stage.