Greg Bird's disappointing Saturday night out could end his career as a first-class munter.
Both NSW sides were rumoured to be looking at Bird's experience in getting turnt up to help their team's youngsters overcome the state's harsh lockout laws. However, after being refused entry at Hotel Brunswick last weekend resulting in a confrontation with security staff, the incident has cast serious doubt over his ability to get loose with the boys.
Sea Eagles coach, Trent Barrett said, "We were really hoping to bring in someone like Greg who could show the lads how it's done after hours, but his latest effort is just not up to scratch. If he can't give 110% up at the Brunny, how on earth will he get himself in to the Ivy after 1:30am? It looks like the Sydney nightlife could be too much for him to handle, Greg's certainly left us a lot to think about."
Bird is contracted to the Titans until the end of 2017 and since moving to the Glitter Strip six years ago has taken his partying to new heights. The second-rower relinquished the Gold Coast captaincy in 2014 after fears the added responsibility was stopping him from hitting the clubs. The decision paid immediate dividends as Bird was caught urinating next to a police car in Byron Bay soon after.
The second-rower was one of seven Gold Coast players charged with possession and supply of cocaine early in 2015, but was later acquitted. Bird is also rumoured to have played a major role in bringing walking-headline, Jarryd Hayne to the club and has recently been showing him the ropes out on the town, reportedly introducing him to Hells Angels bikie, Chris Bloomfield.
However, the former NSW Origin representative’s disappearing act at Titans winger, Anthony Don's bucks party on the weekend has critics claiming Bird is past his prime. The 31-year old's poor form has him facing pressure to call time on his night-time activities and the NRL Integrity Unit is currently investigating the incident, spending the past few days visiting the pub to review CCTV footage and interview witnesses.
Head of Integrity, Nick Weeks said, "Look, any no-show is a serious offence but this may just be a one-off incident. Greg could always sink piss with the best of them, so we're not willing to rule him out just yet and are hopeful he managed to kick on elsewhere. Besides, it all comes down to the venue. Some blokes just aren't cut out to bender away from their local but your top footy players normally find a way."
Following the reports being made public on Tuesday night, Titan's officials were in damage control and told Nine News that Bird was unwilling to get into a physical altercation with the bouncers as there were no glasses within reach.
Written by Tim Alexander