The Bulldogs‘ football head, Phil Gould, was reportedly present at a meeting with the player’s agents where it was detailed that the club would maintain their ongoing support as the player managed their mental health.
Still, the dispute seems yet to be resolved and could potentially skyrocket in the upcoming weeks if no compromise is achieved.
The player, who’s been absent from drills for over a month, was required to wrestle his physically fit teammates as a penalty after he seemingly clocked in late for training by 10 minutes according to the coaching team.
Insiders report that the player was not aware he was late, revealing to those close to him that his schedule indicated an arrival time of 8am for strapping with training commencing at 8.30am.
Confidential sources shared that the player didn’t require strapping which led to his arrival around 8.10am, making him believe he was rather early by 20 mins.
The player allegedly then progressed to a two-hour training session before being informed of his penalty, which was to wrestle each of his teammates consecutively.
Exhausted and barely capable of lifting himself off the ground after he’d finished wrestling all squad members apart from those in rehab, this publication understands his peers were told to leave him on the floor realising the consequences of his tardiness.
Bulldogs club refutes these allegations, but some team members under anonymity have confessed their discomfort at the proceedings.
Despite continuing with the week’s training, insiders suggest the player only did so out of fear of appearing weak. He later sought mental health leave and has since been in therapy.
Currently, it’s reported that the player might be contemplating seeking legal counsel as tension continues to build with the club. Bulldogs, having suffered a rough season, found comfort in the steadfast backing of Craig Laundy, the owner of ‘Laundy Hotels’ whose brand features on the club jersey.
Despite refusing to comment on the incident, Laundy assured the club of his and his family’s faith in the management team to turn around their fortunes. The Laundy family, including father Arthur and brother Stuart, have expressed unwavering faith in the plans set forth by the club board, Gould, and head coach Cameron Ciraldo, that are aimed at bringing about a cultural shift, reassuring the club of their full support.
The Laundys’ five-year mega-contract with the Bulldogs, which could potentially be extended to a decade, remains unscathed despite the club attracting controversy in the media surrounding the mental health of their players.
He insisted on the importance of setting and upholding club values and principles. Robinson stated that it was not difficult to enforce standards and rules, and if these are broken, punishments are often necessary. However, he advised that any such punishment should be constructive, helping the player to learn and grow rather than being detrimental.