It’s perhaps one of the most bizarre bits of news to come out in 2022, but back in July Kevin Proctor was sacked by the Gold Coast Titans.
That was down to a half-time incident during his side’s loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs where he posted a video of himself VAPING in the toilets at CommBank Stadium whilst his team were getting walloped.
Smoking is banned in all stadium venues in Australia, with the Gold Coast taking strong action against Proctor after a number of previous incidents had left him on a final warning.
“The Gold Coast Titans have sanctioned Kevin Proctor after being made aware of an incident during yesterday’s round 19 fixture against the Bulldogs,” the club said.
“Proctor has also been released from his commitments with the club for the remainder of the year and will not return to train or play with the squad.
“His actions were in breach of both NRL and Stadium regulations.”
Proctor was also fined $15,000 and told to find another club with a move to Super League clearly on the cards.
Three clubs had reportedly been in for the former New Zealand international with the three named as Hull FC, Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity.
Salford were thought to be in the driving seat, but Rugby League Live dismissed that idea, with Hull also expected to be out of the running, according to BBC Sport.
That leaves just Wakefield as the only ones apparently left interested in bringing the 33-year-old to the UK top flight for 2023, with Proctor having almost 300 NRL games under his belt.
Proctor brings a wealth of experience but he also brings potential off-field issues having had the club captaincy taken off him for 2022 in favour of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
But, he has previous indiscretions on his record – he was fined $20,000 and banned for four games by the Titans over a cocaine scandal in 2017.