Henry: Players know how to behave
Titans coach Neil Henry insists his players do not need to be read the riot act prior to their Christmas break as Greg Bird and James Roberts prepare to face a disciplinary committee meeting on Thursday.
Roberts on Wednesday had charges of obstructing police and public nuisance dropped in the Southport Magistrates Court while Bird is awaiting punishment from the club after he was issued a criminal infringement notice by police the day after his wedding in Byron Bay last weekend.
The pair will both appear before the five-man disciplinary panel with Bird facing the possibility of having his position as co-captain stripped from him.
Players from all 16 NRL clubs will soon receive a reprieve from the torturous demands of pre-season training to enjoy Christmas with friends and family but Henry said there was no need to reinforce the levels of behaviour expected of his players.
"It goes without saying that you're expected to behave all the time," Henry said. "They'll have a bit of downtime with family and friends and relax for a bit but they'll also be expected to train.
"They know the rules within our organisation and they're familiar with it and I don't think they'll need a reminder, that's just how they're expected to behave.
"The [NRL] Integrity Unit have made it pretty clear of what's expected of player behaviour across the code and clubs have their own code of conduct as well which is very similar across all clubs.
"We can't condone poor behaviour and that's the bottom line. Some players do need support, do need help as well and we're about providing that welfare for the players and it's going to be a learning curve and it has been for [Roberts] but he's certainly come a long way since he's been here."
Roberts has endured a checkered career to date having been sacked by both the Rabbitohs and Panthers before arriving on the Gold Coast, and Henry admitted that his latest brush with the law has undone some of his earlier good work.
"We know that he has had a few indiscretions so far in his career but he's certainly made a real effort off the field and behind the scenes to get his life in order," Henry said.
"He's satisfied the requirements of what the club put forward to him when he turned up here and what the Integrity Unit said he needed to do and he's been able to do those things so far.
"This is certainly a little step backwards from what he'd been able to achieve but finally that's over and it's settled and he can get on with his training.
"He got caught up there and it's a good result for him the fact that charge was dropped. He'll pay his [police-issued] fine and that will be done and dealt with."
Bird will return to training on Thursday prior to his disciplinary hearing and with the Auckland Nines looming large at the end of January, Henry said it was important for his players not to overindulge and undo all their good work.
"When we get back on the 5th [of January] we're already out and playing Nines footy at the end of the month so we've probably got three and a half weeks to get some work done," Henry said.
"They don't want to lose what they've gained already... They're going to drop off a little bit but we'll expect them to work during their rest period."