St George Illawarra tear up Paul Vaughan's contract over COVID bubble breach

Sacked: Paul Vaughan has had his contract torn up by the Dragons. Picture: Adam McLean
Sacked: Paul Vaughan has had his contract torn up by the Dragons. Picture: Adam McLean

Paul Vaughan looks to have played his last game for the St George Illawarra Dragons, with his contract reportedly torn up at an emergency board meeting on Tuesday.

The decision came as the club continued to express their anger at the forward and 12 of his teammates who attended a gathering at Vaughan's house on Saturday night.

The party was in breach of both the NRL's biosecurity protocols and NSW public health orders and players were fined $1000 by police.

The 30-year-old had been walking on thin ice for some time, the former NSW Origin star suspended last year for a breach of the NRL's COVID restrictions.

On that occasion he used a fake name to dine at a Wollongong cafe, and he was forced to isolate for two weeks and fined $10,000.

The NRL handed Vaughan an eight-game ban and $50,000 fine for the latest breach, a punishment the Dragons deemed not tough enough.

Instead, the forward has reportedly been released from his contract.

Vaughan was signed to the club until the end of 2022, however whispers had emerged in recent weeks that St George Illawarra were looking to move him on.

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