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Jennings made amends to fans: Gould

David Beniuk 13/08/2011 12:40:42 PM Comments (0)

Penrith supremo Phil Gould says having Michael Jennings buy tickets for fans was the best way for the suspended star to make amends to the people he let down most.

Jennings handed out 2000 tickets, worth an estimated $44,000, to the Panthers' game against the Warriors next weekend at halftime during Friday night's 32-18 loss to the Wests Tigers.

He had earlier been stood down from the match for arriving at training on Thursday under the influence of alcohol, his second drinking-related incident this year.

"I didn't know what to do with him," Gould told Triple M on Saturday.

"I just found the whole incident extraordinary and we sat down and discussed the damage that had been done, both to the club and his reputation.

"He was very remorseful of all that but we don't want blokes remorseful, we want them thinking before they act.

"(We wanted) to come up with not so much a punishment but something that would say sorry to the people that he really does let down, and that's those kids who save up to come and watch him play and the parents who save up to buy a jersey with his number on the back.

" ... He's a quality player and he's a good human being but he's made this slip up.

"We just thought it was a good idea for him to get around last night and give something back to those kids.

"Hopefully they all turn up to see him play next week and he has a blinder."

Gould said he'd spoken to Jennings about Sydney Roosters serial bad boy Todd Carney's latest episode in an attempt to get through to him.

"(I told him) A, that that had been in the papers already this week and what didn't he understand about that and, B, you don't want to end up with that reputation where fans don't want you at your club," Gould said.

Jennings was expected to turn out for NSW Cup side Windsor on Saturday.

Carney, along with team-mates Nate Myles and Frank Paul Nuuausala, has been stood down and is awaiting his fate after breaching a Roosters booze ban as the club seeks to avoid the wooden spoon.

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