Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Albert Kelly is in danger of having his contract torn up after being arrested by police in Port Macquarie last Friday.
The livewire Sharks pivot, who was in line to partner new recruit Todd Carney in the halves at the Shire next season, was charged with resisting arrest, offensive language and failing to comply with a move-on order.
The promising playmaker experienced a frustrating season in 2011 after breaking his leg in round seven and landing in trouble with Miranda police for an off-field incident at Northies hotel in June. Kelly, who is signed with the Sharks until the end of 2014, will be called to account by coach Shane Flanagan and football manager Darren Mooney.
Originally from Kempsey, the 20-year-old was in Port Macquarie to watch his girlfriend play touch football.
Sharks football manager Mooney said he was aware of the Kelly incident.
“I’m still yet to talk to Albert, but I’m aware of an incident and we’re looking into it,” Mooney said.
“He was up at the NSW State touch tournament to watch his girlfriend play.”
The Sharks have a handful of halves options including Kelly, new faces Carney and Jeff Robson, Wade Graham and Toyota Cup star Chad Townsend.