Darius Boyd treated for depression after trashing hotel
NEWCASTLE Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression.
"We are ensuring Darius gets the best possible care and treatment at this time," Knight CEO Matt Gidley said on Wednesday.
"Depression is a serious illness in our society and we are pleased Darius has taken the first step in his recovery by acknowledging he needs help.
"Football is secondary at this point, it is important Darius' focus is entirely on his treatment."
There is no timeframe on Boyd's return to football.
The news follows reports that the 27-year-old trashed a luxury hotel room in the Hunter Valley.
According to News Corp, Boyd caused $1,500 worth of damage by breaking a television, smashing a glass and putting a hole in a wall last week.
He later rang the resort's general manager to apologise and offer to pay for the damage.
Thaiday downplays reports Boyd could join Broncos
Meanwhile, speculation Newcastle winger Darius Boyd could follow super coach Wayne Bennett back to the Broncos next season hasn't excited his Queensland Origin teammate Sam Thaiday.
The former Broncos captain and his teammates rallied behind sacked coach Anthony Griffin yesterday, saying the club was already blessed with quality fullbacks including Ben Barba and Josh Hoffman.
Boyd has also been linked with the Canberra Raiders as a possible replacement for young gun Anthony Milford, who is Brisbane-bound next year, but is likely to play five-eighth.
"We've already got three fullbacks, we don't need another," said Thaiday, joining a growing chorus of voices expressing disappointment for Griffin.
Thaiday said the players wanted to play their best football for Griffin who pulled off one of his best wins against the Warriors last weekend in a real finals statement.
"It's a tough position for Hook (Griffin) to be in, but he reiterated yesterday he was 100 per cent committed to us and this team is committed to him at the moment.
"Obviously there are players here (like Josh McGuire) who have only ever known Hook as their coach, so it's a bit emotional."
Co-captain Corey Parker, who came out last week in full support of Griffin, spoke with emotion saying Griffin would leave the club with his integrity in tact.
"Hook's done a fantastic job," said Parker, one of the few players who was coached by Bennett before he left the club in 2008.
"As captain, I am loyal to the coach we have which at this stage is Hook."
Brisbane could be favourites to win Premiership in 2015
Meanwhile leading betting agency Sportsbet.com.au said Brisbane would be close to favourites to win the 2015 premiership in Bennett's first year back if Griffin got them to the grand final.
"With Bennett coming home, a player like Milford, one the most exciting in the NRL, and a few others players Bennett could attract, they would have to be close to favourites next year, especially if they make this year's grand final, Sportsbet's rugby league expert Christian Jantzen told APN yesterday.
Jantzen said Sportsbet had framed a special "Benny's Broncos" market with Brisbane $11 to win the 2015 premiership, $3.75 to make the top 4 and $1.67 to make the top 8.
"Bennett is a coach who can turn the Broncos around and transform someone like Ben Barba into a superstar again," he said.
"With the likes of Milford and possibly Boyd, the Broncos under Bennett will be in on the third or fourth line of betting next year regardless of where they finish this year."