Titans skipper backs Proctor to regain teammates' trust
GOLD Coast captain Ryan James says Kevin Proctor will begin to restore the trust of his teammates with his actions on the field following the weekend's illicit drug scandal in Canberra.
Proctor, who along with fellow New Zealand international Jesse Bromwich allegedly used cocaine outside a nightclub in the nation's capital early on Saturday morning, has given up the co-captaincy at the Titans as he gets set to face the club's board later this week to determine his punishment.
The 28-year-old claims he was too drunk at the time of the incident to remember, but says he cannot deny the allegation.
Bromwich was banned for two games by his club side the Melbourne Storm, while both players have been ruled out of contention for the Kiwis squad for the World Cup later this year.
Proctor will face his teammates on Wednesday and while James said the accusations against the forward were a shock, he commended the way he had dealt with the situation.
"Actions speak louder than words, so when he starts leading again with his actions he gains our respect back," James said.
"He knows he's made a mistake. He's only human. Kevvie's owned up to it all and taken it on the chin."
Titans coach Neil Henry said the punishment of missing the World Cup was "massive" and that no one was more shattered about the accusations than Proctor.
He also said that while the club's board was yet to deliver its own punishment and the NRL Integrity Unit was also probing the accusations, he expected Proctor to redeem himself.
"We must have a perspective on this," Henry said.
"Kevin Proctor has made a mistake and he's remorseful for that. It doesn't take away from what he's done and achieved in the game so far.
"He's still a good guy, a great trainer and a reliable player. Certainly he's going to have to win back a bit of trust and he knows that."
Henry said he had no plans at this stage to name a new co-captain.
He said Proctor's decision to step down did not mean he would be excluded from the leadership group at the Titans.
"He's an integral part of our football team moving forward," Henry said.
"His leadership role will be there in some context."