Rhinos reject Brett Wicks
A BACKLASH against the signing of a former Ghosts player facing serious drug trafficking charges has prompted a rethink from the Grafton Rhinos Rugby League Club.
On Wednesday night the club decided unanimously against offering former Ghosts player Brett Wicks a contract while he is facing serious drug trafficking charges.
The minutes of the Grafton Rhinos general committee meeting read: ‘The Grafton Rhinos will not be offering Brett Wicks a contract to play rugby league for the 2010 season or until the current court proceedings he is involved with are resolved.’
Club president Tony Stackhouse said Brett Wicks had approached the Grafton Rhinos to play after being released from the Grafton Ghosts when his brother Danny was signed with that club.
“The club is aware of the innocent until proven guilty justice system in this country, but it is the feeling of the committee that the allegations are of such a serious and sensitive nature that it has no alternative but to take this action,” he said.
Mr Stackhouse said the groundswell of opinion amongst fans and sponsors had prompted the club’s actions.