Rising Storm star Harry Grant has been identified as the player found on a Melbourne footpath with ‘facial cuts’ after tripping and falling while drunk.
Storm football manager Frank Ponissi confirmed to The Herald Sun the 21-year-old was walking home after a night of drinking, when he tripped, face-planted, and fell asleep around the corner from his home.
The owner of the home then found Grant, who is an understudy to Storm skipper Cameron Smith, and called an ambulance on Monday morning fearing he had been assaulted.
He was taken to hospital and treated for facial cuts, but is expected to be released later today.
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Grant was promoted to the NRL squad earlier this year and is tipped to be the man to succeed Smith in the No.9 jersey.
On Saturday night he was named in the Queensland Cup team of the year for his season with Storm feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons.
“Melbourne Storm is aware that one of our NRL contracted players has been treated in hospital this morning for facial cuts and will undergo further medical tests today,” a statement from the club read.
“We can confirm there is no ongoing investigation by Victoria Police into the matter.
“The player, who was not part of our preliminary final squad on Saturday night, is expected to be able to return home today.
“He will continue to be supported by Storm medical and player wellbeing staff.”
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