General News — 23 July 2014

The Newcastle Knights say fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic following reports he left a luxury hotel room with $1500 worth of damage last week.bigstock_Road_To_Recovery_Sign_4438546

The club has released a statement, saying Boyd is undergoing treatment for depression.

It comes after staff at an exclusive spa resort at The Vintage in the Hunter Valley alleged they found a smashed television, broken glass and a hole in one of the walls after he checked out last Thursday morning.

It’s believed he’d been staying with his wife Kayla.

Chateau Elan’s General Manager Joe Spagnolo told The Daily Telegraph Boyd had since phoned to apologise.

“He rang me after they had left and apologised and offered to pay for the damage that had been done,” Spagnolo said.

Boyd also made headlines in recent weeks, following a bizarre encounter with a television reporter the day after Queensland’s win in State of Origin III.

Much focus has also been his NRL future, after coach and long-time mentor Wayne Bennett announced he was leaving Newcastle and returning to Brisbane next season.

Boyd has a clause in his contract that says he can leave the Knights should Bennett no longer be in charge

Read the Newcastle Knights’ full statement below:

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,” 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.

Media are requested to respect Boyd’s privacy at this time. The Club will provide any appropriate updates in consultation with Boyd.

This article first appeared on 9 News ( on 23 July 2014.


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