Penrith Panthers have released James Roberts from his contract following some off-field incidents. His contract was said to have been terminated on Thursday. The official statement from the club as follows:
“Panthers General Manager Rugby League Phil Moss has today informed player James Roberts that the club would be releasing him from his contract, effective immediately,” the statement said.
“The club will not be making any further comment on the issue, other than to say Panthers has no objection whatsoever to James joining another NRL club to pursue his dream of a rugby league career. We wish James all the best for the future.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
According to News Limited papers, Roberts was given his marching orders for failing to comply with strict conditions imposed by the club in response to the alcohol-fuelled incident. This was also on top of other incidents dealt with the club internally.
James Roberts is an extremely quick and talented player. He was part of the winning Under 20’s team and named the best player in the Grand Final.
The twenty-one year old made six appearances for the Panthers in the National Rugby League, scoring six times. Roberts was on the injury list at Penrith after breaking his ankle in the pre-season.