Two Sydney Roosters rookies sacked for disciplinary reasons this week have been sent packing for leaving their Townsville hotel rooms in a “disgusting, feral” state.
Toyota Cup players Sam Brunton and Anthony Gelling were dumped by the Roosters after being accused of defecating on tables and the floor at the Holiday Inn.
The details of the pair’s rampage emerged on Friday, a year after former club coach Brad Fittler fined himself $10,000 for a drunken incident at the same Townsville hotel.
Brunton and Gelling’s behaviour also mirrors representative forward Nate Myles similar acts in 2009 which resulted in a six-match suspension and $50,000 fine.
A Holiday Inn employee told the Townsville Bulletin the pair’s rooms had been trashed and left in a “feral” state.
“They defecated on the floor next to the toilet in one of the rooms and they defecated on the white tables in more than one of the rooms,” she said.
“It was disgusting, absolutely disgusting. These are players who are held in high regard by the community and who our children respect.
“No one gets paid enough to clean up that kind of mess.”
The Bulletin reported hotel management took photos of the damaged rooms and brought it to the attention of Roosters officials.
Hooker Brunton and back-rower/centre Gelling, 19, played in Saturday’s final round Toyota Cup match against North Queensland, which the Roosters lost 29-28.
Brunton, 20, played three NRL games this season, including one run-on start.
Roosters chief executive Stephen Noyce said the incident didn’t include alcohol and started as a prank but the players did not deserve to be a part of the club’s Toyota Cup finals campaign.
“It was inappropriate behaviour and they have suffered the consequences,” Noyce told the Bulletin.
“Their contracts have been terminated and we have to get on with things.”
The NRL was waiting for a full report from the Roosters.