Kenny Edwards of the Eels is tackled by Jonathan Wright of the Warriors.
Kenny Edwards of the Eels is tackled by Jonathan Wright of the Warriors. DAVID ROWLAND

Eel fined and suspended for assaulting ex-partner

PARRAMATTA Eels star Kenny Edwards will be banned for the first seven matches of the season and hit with a $60,000 fine after pleading guilty to assault charges.

Fronting Parramatta Local Court, the 27-year-old admitted to spraying his ex-partner with water and pouring alcohol over her during an incident in December.

Prosecutors dropped the more serious charge of domestic violence when he pleaded guilty to common assault.

He was handed a six-month good behaviour bond, but no conviction, for the incident.

The back-rower will still be able to train with the Eels.

He played every game in 2016 but missed the entire 2015 season with suspension after he took a drug test for teammate Kaysa Pritchard.

"Any reasonable analysis requires recognition of the fact that Kenny has prior incidents in his rugby league career," Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr said.

"This history has been continually emphasised in discussions with the NRL.

"It is also fair and balanced to point out that Kenny is a respected member of our playing squad and regularly contributes to the community activities of our club."

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