SAINTS are expected to reveal the results of an internal inquiry into a case of alleged serious misconduct against their international scrum-half Kyle Eastmond within the next few days.
Eastmond, who will switch codes and join Bath at the end of the engage Super League season, was suspended a week ago but at the time the club refused to add anything to their terse official statement.
It read: “St Helens RLFC have announced that Kyle Eastmond has been suspended pending an investigation into serious misconduct.
“No further comment will be made until the completion of the investigation.”
However, when asked if Eastmond was found guilty of the allegations would it hasten his departure from the club, coach Royce Simmons insisted there were no suggestions of this happening.
Speaking after Saturday’s stunning win over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley, Simmons said: “Kyle has been suspended for a week while the matter is being reviewed.
“He is not allowed to train with us and we cannot speak to him which, I understand, is the law of the land.
“All I know is that the CO (Tony Colquitt) spoke to Kyle and told him about the allegations – and at this stage that’s all they are.
“He told him the club would be looking into the matter and during the investigations he would be suspended. That’s all I know.”
The coach said he had informed the players of the situation before the club released their official statement last Wednesday.
“I told the lads to forget about the matter and let the club deal with it,” said Simmons.
“We then put it to one before turning our attention to the Leeds match.”
Fans have been speculating all week on what the outcome of the inquiry will be.
If found guilty, Eastmond could, among other things, be fined, suspended, or given a written warning about his future behaviour.
But if cleared of the allegations, let’s hope he is able honour the rest of his contract without sniping from the sidelines.
Simmons, I understand from inside sources, believes he can still get the best out of a player who must be feeling the weight of the world is on his young shoulders at the moment.