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Broncos' Roberts checks into rehab: report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/09/2016

James Roberts. © Matt Roberts/Getty Images James Roberts. Controversial Brisbane NRL centre James Roberts has reportedly checked into a rehab facility in Thailand.

According to News Corp Australia, the Broncos' speedster has travelled to the facility with a close family friend to try to overcome multiple personal issues, including a battle with alcohol that has almost derailed his rugby league career.

The addiction treatment centre is the same clinic that Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce checked into earlier this season.

Roberts had a chequered finish to the season at the Broncos when he was embroiled in an alcohol-fuelled incident at The Normanby Hotel in Brisbane.

Sacked by former clubs Penrith and Souths, there were fears Roberts would be axed by the Broncos, who recruited him following Gold Coast's contract-forgery saga.

Manager and uncle Jeremy Donovan has told the Nine Network that Roberts is determined to change after being suspended for Brisbane's elimination-final loss to North Queensland.

"Missing that final broke his heart. It was the most emotional time I've seen him go through," he said.

"It's true, James has gone overseas. It's about addressing the social issues that he has kept in the closet for a long time. This is James' choice."

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