The Canterbury Bulldogs have made a tough call on Lachlan Lewis after an investigation into the alleged theft of club property.
Canterbury halfback Lachlan Lewis has been sacked following an investigation into the theft of a speaker.
The Bulldogs made the announcement in a statement on their website on Tuesday night, after he was handed a breach notice and an investigation was undertaken regarding his alleged involvement in the theft.
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Lewis was stood down by the club last month for the final two games of the season after reports emerged he was attempting to sell a team speaker on eBay, despite being on a $450,000 salary.
The 25-year-old had already been issued with a breach notice by the Bulldogs and was the subject of an NRL Integrity Unit investigation.
He was also reportedly set to cop a five-figure fine after allegedly taking the speaker from the club’s Brisbane hotel room and trying to sell it online.
“The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have terminated the contract of Lachlan Lewis, effective immediately,” a club statement read.
“After issuing Lachlan a breach notice and following due process regarding his response, the club has decided to part ways with Lachlan, effective immediately,” Bulldogs chief executive, Aaron Warburton said.
“The club is committed to supporting Lachlan during this time and we wish him all the best for the future.”
It’s been a season to forget for the Bulldogs, both on and off the field, with Trent Barrett’s side the unfortunate recipients of the wooden spoon this season.
Lewis, the nephew of rugby league legend Wally, also was involved in a bizarre on-field altercation with the Rabbitohs’ Cody Walker earlier in the season.
The incident occurred at halftime, and as both sides were making their way off the field, Lewis tackled Walker to the ground without warning.
It was reportedly a five-word sledge from Walker that sent Lewis into a frenzy as commentators and fans were left totally flabbergasted.
Lewis made his Bulldogs debut in 2018 against the Newcastle Knights, and has gone on to make 43 appearances for the Belmore outfit.
He was out of contract at the end of this season and wasn’t expected to be offered another deal regardless of the outcome of the investigation into the theft.