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Raiders give embattled Scott week off

By AAP Newswire

Canberra have given centre Curtis Scott the week off as the NRL club weighs up the next move regarding their embattled star recruit.

Scott was tasered and is facing six charges, including two of assaulting a police officer, in an alleged incident in Sydney early Monday following Australia Day celebrations.

The Raiders returned to training on Wednesday but the club confirmed 22-year-old Scott won't rejoin the squad until next week.

He is due to face court on February 20.

Both the club and NRL integrity unit are investigating the incident and could hand down sanctions.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart and chief executive Don Furner have already expressed frustration over the matter which threatens to disrupt the team's season start as they attempt to build on last year's grand final appearance.

Scott was signed on a four-year deal in the off-season for a reported $1.8 million and is seen as a key player for the club, who released former Dally M centre of the year Joey Leilua to join West Tigers last week.

Canberra has historically taken a tough stance on poor off-field behaviour, sacking stars Todd Carney (2008) and Josh Dugan (2013).

But they stood by five-eighth Jack Wighton last season after he assaulted several people on a drunken night out in Canberra.

The loyalty paid dividends with Wighton enjoying a breakout season in 2019, earning NSW and Australian honours while winning the Clive Churchill medal on grand final day.

Scott has represented the Prime Minister's XIII and been touted as a future NSW and Australian player.

The drama is the latest in another horror off-season for the NRL with Joe Ofahengaue, Josh Reynolds, Maika Sivo, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Manase Fainu and David Fifita all embroiled in off-field controversy.