Terrible two walking Titans NRL tightrope
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast coach Neil Henry faces a season in which two of his key players, Greg Bird and James Roberts, will not be able to put a foot out of line.
Both have been warned another off-field indiscretion could see their NRL contracts ripped up.
In a testing week for the Titans, the club fined Roberts $3000 and put the young winger on notice following an incident in October that saw him charged with public nuisance and obstructing police. His saving grace came earlier in the week when the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
The club's disciplinary committee then stripped Bird of the co-captaincy he shared with fellow representative forward Nate Myles, and also fined him $15,000 for urinating on a police car in Byron Bay the morning after his wedding last
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley also read the riot act to Bird, who, like Roberts, will be on his last chance next season.
"This is the last thing that we want to be dealing with," Annesley said.
"We're trying to point this club in the right direction, take it forward. We are looking for sponsors and this has set us back."
Annesley said Bird had regarded the co-captaincy highly. "Greg's obviously upset about the decision. He values the captaincy as anyone does," he said.
Both players have black spots on their records. Bird was moved on by Cronulla after a series of incidents on and off the field, while Roberts was shown the door by Penrith and South Sydney for repeated alcohol-related incidents.