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Eels fine Hayne, Maitua re-signs,
Parramatta winger Jarryd Hayne has been fined $1000 by the NRL club over an incident at a hotel on Saturday night.
Hayne, who made his first grade debut three weeks ago, has apologised after a member of the public complained about his behaviour at The Roxy in Parramatta. The latest incident is the third to engulf the embattled club in recent weeks.
Last month Eels' players Mark Riddell and Tim Smith were fined $5,000 and dropped to Premier league for turning up drunk at a recovery session. And captain Nathan Cayless was recently reprimanded for damaging a security camera in a Star City casino lift.
Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald says the club would not tolerate misconduct.
Meanwhile, Bulldogs utility Reni Maitua has re-signed with the NRL club for a further three seasons. Maitua, who has played 47 first grade games since joining the Bulldogs in 2002, will remain with at the Belmore club until the end of the 2009 season.
The 23-year-old says he is pleased to re-sign with the club and end speculation about his future.
Elsewhere, South Sydney has ushered in a new era at the NRL club, with new owners Peter Holmes A Court and Russell Crowe officially taking charge today.
Holmes A Court, who handed over a $3 million cheque for a 75 per cent purchase of South Sydney at a ceremony at the Sydney Town Hall this afternoon, says his main task is instilling a winning culture again at the Rabbitohs.