Naiqama cleared but still under review

Following a club investigation into an alleged public incident involving Wes Naiqama over the weekend, the St George Illawarra Dragons have this afternoon stated that they are satisfied that Wes?s involvement was not of his making.

Dragons club officials have spoken to a number of people present on the evening, including the police and the other person involved in the incident.

However, in their media release, the Dragons have stated that they are 'greatly dissatisfied that Wes would put himself in such a situation; particularly given the circumstances surrounding his driving offence.' The statement also acknowledged that these recent public incidents are very different and need to be treated as such.

Last week, Naiqama pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, sentencing will be handed down in February 2007. The Dragons winger's position with the club is currently under review, and this recent incident will be taken into consideration when determining his future upon the completion of the impending judicial process.

Until such time, the club has an ongoing Management plan which has been developed and accepted by Naiqama to help with a number of private issues that he is currently facing in his life.

This management plan has been developed in consultation with the Players? Leadership Group, who have helped set the parameters as they are also concerned with the all-round welfare of their team-mate.