Is Brett Wicks welcome at Rhinos?
THE immediate future of alleged drug trafficker Brett Wicks at the Grafton Rhinos Rugby League Club will be on the agenda of the club’s next meeting, next week.
Club president Tony Stackhouse said the committee wanted to talk about the issues involved in having a person involved in a high-profile drugs case playing at the club.
“A number of sponsors have said they have concerns, so the committee will have to discuss these issues,” he said.
Earlier this week Mr Stackhouse told The Daily Examiner that Wicks had signed with the club. However, a backlash from sponsors angry that they had not been consulted about the decision, encouraged the club to rethink its position.
“It’s become an emotional issue and it’s because rugby league stinks at the moment,” Mr Stackhouse said.
Brett Wicks and his brother Danny, who has signed with the Grafton Ghosts this season, were part of a group of people investigated by police for trafficking.
Police simultaneously raided premises in Grafton and Newcastle in December, netting the Wicks brothers and a number of other people.
Soon after his arrest Danny Wicks resigned from the Newcastle Knights and rumours began to surface he intended to play with the Ghosts in 2010 while he awaited his trial.