With their revolutionary trip to Arizona just around the corner, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have received some unwanted publicity, with one new recruit in strife over an alleged assault incident.
That new recruit is Cody Walker, who as a result of the alleged assault, has been stood down by the club and suspended indefinitely.
The two charges are stalk or intimidate to cause fear of physical or mental harm (domestic violence offence) and common assault (domestic violence related).
As a result of the incident, Walker informed the club and they have subsequently informed the NRL with a full investigation now going on.
The following was a statement released by the Rabbitohs:
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have stood down player Cody Walker indefinitely following two charges over an alleged incident in October.
Walker was charged with Stalk or intimidate intending to cause fear of physical or mental harm (domestic violence offence) and common assault (domestic violence related).
Walker informed the Club of the incident at the time and the Rabbitohs informed the NRL Integrity Unit of the incident immediately.
The Rabbitohs have stood down Walker from all duties with the Club including training and he has not been permitted to fly to the United States with the team for the high altitude camp.
The Rabbitohs are reviewing all of the information in conjunction with the NRL Integrity Unit and any further decisions in regards to this situation will be made following the completion of those investigations.
Walker is newly signed to the Rabbitohs and the incident is alleged to have occurred before his contract began with the Club. Walker has not played in the NRL to date.
The Club will make no further comment at this stage.