Manly NRL star Dylan Walker has been stood down from training after being charged with assault following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his partner on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The woman, 24, suffered minor cuts to her shoulder, leg and feet at a home in Dee Why, on Thursday afternoon and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Walker, also 24, was later arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The Sea Eagles centre was driven away from Manly Police Station by coach Des Hasler after being granted bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.
Manly chief executive Lyall Gorman said the former Kangaroos Test star and South Sydney premiership winner wouldn’t be required for training until after his court appearance.
“He needs to clear his head. He’s only been released from Manly police station through the night,” Gorman said on Friday.
Gorman said his club’s chief concern was the welfare of the alleged victim and a four-month-old child.
“I haven’t been able to speak to Dylan personally. I have spoken to his partner on four occasions – twice last night and twice this morning – and been trying to make sure we look after her welfare and the welfare of the family and the young baby,” he said.
“She’s in good care with her mum and dad.”
Gorman, who has also referred the matter to the NRL Integrity Unit, wouldn’t speculate on any possible sanctions should Walker be found guilty.
“It’s too early to say what the consequences of this are. Clearly, it’s a very serious allegation,” he said.
“I don’t have the police statements of facts yet so it’s a bit early for me to make too much comment other than to express great disappointment on behalf of our club,” he said.
“Allegations around domestic violence are of course are totally foreign to anything we stand for and our culture and values, as of course, it is to the game holistically.
“We all know they (the NRL) have incredibly strong views around domestic violence of any sort and particularly in relation to any females.”
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