North Queensland recruit Robert Lui has been suspended indefinitely after admitting assaulting his girlfriend.
Lui was given a two-year good behaviour bond and fined $2000 after pleading guilty at a court in Sydney to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The incident dates back to September, when then Wests Tigers player Lui assaulted his partner following the traditional end-of-season ‘Mad Monday’ celebrations.
Lui was sacked by the Tigers following the incident but signed with the Cowboys in November in the hope of resurrecting his careeer.
In a statement, the Cowboys said Lui had been making progress.
“Before we signed Robert, we were aware of this pending charge and he admitted he had made mistakes in his life,” said the statement.
“Since Robert has been with the Cowboys, he has been an exemplary trainer, a fine contributor to our club and has clearly indicated he wants to make a fresh start with us.
“However, in conjunction with the NRL, the Cowboys have decided to suspend Robert from playing indefinitely after he pleaded guilty today.
“The length of his suspension will be determined in due course with his rehabilitation remaining a high priority.”