Darius Boyd admitted to clinic for depression

01:27, Jul 23 2014
Darius Boyd
SEEKING HELP: Knights star Darius Boyd has been admitted to a clinic to treat his depression.

Newcastle Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression.

Boyd, who reportedly caused A$1500 (NZ$1625) worth of damage to a hotel room in the Hunter Valley last week, willl be given indefinite leave from the Knights. 

"We are ensuring Darius gets the best possible care and treatment at this time," CEO Matt Gidley said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Depression is a serious illness in our society and we are pleased Darius has taken the first step in his recovery by acknowledging he needs help.

"Football is secondary at this point, it is important Darius' focus is entirely on his treatment."

There is no timeframe on Boyd's return to football.

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The news follows reports on Wednesday that the Australian and Queensland State of Origin representative trashed a hotel room in the Hunter Valley.

According to News Corp Australia, Boyd caused A$1500 (NZ$1625) worth of damage after breaking a television, smashing glass and putting a hole in a wall last week.

He reportedly later rang the resort's general manager to apologise and offer to pay for the damage.

Gidley told the publication the club was not aware of the incident.

Sydney Morning Herald