Mitchell Pearce has been stood down as co-captain by the Sydney Roosters as the fallout from his drunken Australia Day escapade continues.
The Roosters confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday morning.
“On the basis of medical advice received by the Club, and subject to the satisfactory assessment of his continuing rehabilitation, Mitchell will resume training at the Club from Monday, March 7,” said Roosters CEO, John Lee.
“In regards to any proposed suspension, the Roosters Board has reserved its decision until such time that further information can be obtained in relation to similar incidents.
“The Board also noted that following the January 26 incident, Mitchell is entering his second month without training or involvement with the Club. He was also unavailable for the NRL Auckland Nines; the Club’s training camp in Dubai; the World Club Series; and he will miss the Club’s opening fixture against Souths,” the statement read.
Earlier, Pearce told News Corp Australia he was the worse role model in the NRL and was not surprised to lose the captaincy.
It all comes after Pearce was filmed in a drunken state simulating a lewd act with a dog.
He was quick to admit he had a problem with alcohol and went through a 28-day rehabilitation program in Thailand.
“I deserved to lose it,” he told News Corp Australia.
“If I hadn’t, I would have stood down anyway. The actions I was showing were against everything a captain should be doing.”
However, the NSW Origin star doesn’t believe his career should be over as a result of his actions, despite calls from NRL’s women’s advisor Catherine Lumby to rub him out of the game.
“What she said is right in the fact I have been educated and I haven’t learnt my lesson to this point,” he said.
“But I have just been to a rehab centre and I am taking ownership of my life.
“Right now, she can argue her point. But in time hopefully I can prove that wrong.”