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Jake Friend sacked by Sydney Roosters

18/12/2009 07:16:17 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend will look for a regular job after his contract was torn up by the club and the NRL said it was unlikely to register another in the near future.

The Roosters terminated 19-year-old Friend's contract on Friday following his third alcohol-related indiscretion this year.

The club released a statement announcing the decision, which comes after Friend was charged last weekend for alleged aggressive behaviour towards police.

He was also convicted of drink-driving and charged for an alleged nightclub assault earlier in 2009.

His manager, Steve Gillis, said Friend had accepted the decision and the focus would now be on rehabilitation rather than finding another club.

"There's no intention at the moment to look that far down the track, we just want to get him all the help and support that he needs and get him going again," Gillis told AAP.

"The gap's not that big a gap for him to jump. I'm very confident that he can get back on track much sooner rather than later.

"Fingers crossed we see him again (next) year but there's no guarantees, it's all up to him."

And that includes finding a steady job to replace a three-year deal worth close to $500,000.

"He'll have to step out into the real world now, find himself a job and we've had people ring already offering to employ him," Gillis said.

" ... It will probably do him good."

The Roosters appeared to signal that the door could be reopened for Friend if he completed his rehabilitation.

"The club, with a number of specialist consultants, will work with Jake to ensure he gets the right rehabilitation to help him address these challenges in his life," the club statement read.

Friend addressed the club's board and apologised, and Gillis said a return was up to the player.

"The ball's probably in our court, if he can convince people at the Roosters that he's on track and doing well," he said.

"Despite what's happened, he's left the club on pretty good terms, many people there have a very high regard for him.

"He's a great young kid but he's just hit a couple of hurdles."

The NRL said it supported the Roosters' action and a recent $10,000 fine, $5,000 of it suspended, imposed by Cronulla on former captain Paul Gallen for urinating in public.

"It would seem important now that Jake is given time to address his challenges and we therefore would be highly unlikely to consider any new application to register any future club contract with him in the short-to-medium term," NRL chief executive David Gallop said in a statement.

"I don't see that a firm time-line can be established at this point except to say that we would need to see strong evidence that he has addressed the issues that have led him to this point."

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