Gold Coast Titans star Greg Bird – Newcastle’s No.1 recruitment target – is under investigation for more than one incident last weekend.
Police have launched an investigation into an incident at a hotel in Byron Bay around midnight last Saturday.
According to a police statement, "a 31-year-old man was asked to leave the establishment by security staff but failed to comply. The man was assisted out of the location by a friend with no further incident."
It is believed Titans teammate Ryan James was the friend who escorted Bird from the venue.
Bird, who is just one transgression away from having his Gold Coast contract torn up, was already allegedly involved in a fracas earlier that night at the buck's weekend celebrations of teammate Anthony Don that is also being investigated.
He took to Instagram on Wednesday to protest his innocence over the first incident, at the Hotel Brunswick.
Knights chairman Brian McGuigan has indicated the club would abandon its bid to sign Bird if any transgression was proven.
“Even though we would like his football prowess to be with us, the fact of the matter is that if he has transgressed, that would not stand him in great stead for our directors to agree to any acquisition of him,’’ McGuigan told the Herald earlier this week.
“We have been absolutely welded to the idea of our fellows behaving themselves and not embarrassing the club, as has happened in the past.
“So if he was found to be wanting in this regard, we wouldn’t be too happy about it or likely to tolerate it.’’
Bird posted an Instagram statement on Wednesday morning, in which he admitted a member of their group was involved in an “altercation” with hotel security staff at Brunswick Heads but claimed to have played the role of peace-keeper.
"I would like to put out the actual version of events from the Saturday night at the Brunswick Hotel in mention," Bird’s post read.
"I was with a group of people on a bucks party and we all were refused entry. I left the premise [sic] and someone from our party stayed and got into a physical altercation with the security.
"Me along with everyone else in the group ran into separate the two involved and no one else threw any punches. There is footage and witnesses to verify this."
Bird has been involved in a number of career-threatening incidents since making his NRL debut at Cronulla as an 18-year-old.
On the field, the 31-year-old has also repeatedly found himself in strife with the authorities.
Two suspensions in 2016 for illegalities took him to a career tally of 31 weeks on the sidelines, which makes him the NRL’s most-suspended current player.