Panthers star Brent Naden has voluntarily been admitted into a rehab facility to deal with a reported issue with alcohol.
The Panthers have released a statement to confirm Naden has reached out to club officials to seek help for “personal issues”.
The club has not divulged the exact nature of Naden’s issues, however, The Daily Telegraph first reported Naden was admitted to the private hospital facility on Sydney’s northern beaches.
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The report reveals Naden has been treated at the facility for the past two weeks after entering the rehab facility in the week after the Panthers’ grand final loss to the Storm last month.
The Panthers’ statement confirmed Naden is still being treated at the centre.
“Following the 2020 NRL grand final, Brent Naden approached the club and disclosed a number of personal issues he wished to address,” the statement read.
Brent Naden in the 2020 NRL Grand Final.Source:Getty Images
“As a result, Brent is currently undertaking a voluntary rehabilitation program in a private Sydney facility.
“Brent, his family, his management and the club kindly ask the media to respect his privacy and will be making no further comment at this time.”
A heartbreaking image of shattered Naden emerged in the wake of last month’s grand final.
The 24-year-old was spotted embracing family in the stands at ANZ Stadium after the loss.
Naden had more reason to be upset than most after a questionable – and ruthless – decision to leave him out of the Panthers’ starting team by coach Ivan Cleary.
Naden was dropped to the bench for the Panthers’ grand final qualifier and didn’t get on the field.
He was also benched in the grand final and didn’t get on the field until the second half.
Brent Naden being consoled by family and friends 💔😔 #NRLGF pic.twitter.com/VgfaVaaiq5
The benching resulted in transfer rumours surrounding the strike centre with reports the Panthers are yet to take action surrounding Naden’s contract extension.
He remains contracted for the 2021 season, but reports claimed Naden could be “disgruntled” as a result of being left on the outer during the finals.
Naden was also the victim of a disgusting racial abuse from fans in August.
Eight spectators were ejected from Central Coast Stadium for allegedly yelling racist abuse at Naden who reported the comments to a Penrith trainer.
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