Today, North Queensland Cowboys player Scott Bolton was handed a five-week suspension by the NRL.

No conviction was recorded against Scott when he pleaded guilty to common assault in January, with the Court accepting there was no indecent conduct or violence on his part.

Club Chief Executive Officer Jeff Reibel stated:

“Scott Bolton joined the Cowboys as a 16-year-old and has had an impeccable record over his 13-year, 229 NRL game Cowboys career.

“Given Scott’s standing in our club, his status as a life member and his unblemished record, it is with reluctance that we accept the five-match ban and associated sanctions.

“Scott has the utmost respect of his teammates and peers and will continue to be supported by the club.”