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Team-mates stand up for Monaghan

By Laine Clark 08/11/2010 07:17:38 PM Comments (0)

As the future of Joel Monaghan hung in the balance, Canberra team-mate Bronson Harrison did his best to rebuild the disgraced centre's reputation ahead of a critical Raiders board meeting on Tuesday.

A final verdict on Monaghan was expected on Monday but the former NSW and Test flyer was given another 24 hours in order to meet with manager Jim Banaghan before pleading his case to the Canberra board.

But a Raiders statement denied Monaghan had already quit the club over his Mad Monday "prank".

In another encouraging sign for Monaghan, Canberra CEO Don Furner said the club's board would take into consideration the views and interests of the senior playing group when it met.

And it appears the players are all behind Monaghan judging by Harrison's emotional plea on Monday.

Harrison was clearly upset at the prospect of Monaghan leaving the club and tried hard to change the public perception of his team-mate, who has kept a low profile since lewd photographs of him and a dog were circulated on social networking site Twitter last week.

Harrison said Monaghan was a popular member of the club who was known as much for his sense of humour as his community work in the ACT.

"And not just when the club does promotions, he goes out there and does it (community work) off his own bat," Harrison said.

"And he does a lot of it because that is the sort of person he is.

"He's just a larrikin. He took things a bit too far on the alcohol.

"But everyone makes mistakes. I am just going to support him the best I can."

Harrison backed skipper Terry Campese's call on Monday that Canberra team-mates were keen to urge the board to retain Monaghan.

"I do support him. He is going through a tough time. It is a silly prank that he deeply regrets," Harrison said.

"I think all of the boys would want him to stay at the Raiders - he is an important part of the team."

Media reports have already linked Monaghan with English Super League club Harlequins.

His brother and former Manly rake Michael Monaghan currently plays for the English club Warrington.

"No one knows what the full effect of this will be - I just hope he doesn't go," Harrison said.

The Raiders statement would not speculate on Monaghan's future but ruled out weekend reports that the centre had already quit the club.

"He has not resigned from the club and the board has not yet determined an outcome on his future," Furner said.

The NRL will closely monitor Canberra's handling of the Monaghan incident.

And it has emerged Canberra players responsible for photographing Monaghan with the dog and then forwarding the pictures could also face disciplinary action.

At least two Raiders players reportedly took photographs of Monaghan in a compromising position with a team-mate's dog.

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