Canberra Raiders recruit Curtis Scott will be forced to answer a string of police charges in court next month in a frustrating blow for the NRL club.
Scott was Tasered and arrested at about 12.45am in Sydney on Monday morning after allegedly kicking and punching a police officer in Moore Park.
Scott is facing two charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, behaving in an offensive manner, and remaining on trust lands following a request to leave.
The 22-year-old centre was taken to Surry Hills police station before being granted bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on February 20.
NSW Police released a statement saying officers had been called to Driver Avenue in Moore Park on Monday morning following reports of "a man acting erratically".
"Officers attached to Surry Hills Police Area Command located the man and attempted to assist him," the statement reads.
"The 22-year-old man allegedly became aggressive and kicked and punched one of the officers.
"The man was Tasered and arrested."
Scott had been in Sydney with Raiders teammates at a rooftop bar on January 26 as parts of the nation celebrated Australia Day.
Scott, George Williams, Sam Humphreys, John Bateman, Elliott Whitehead, Jack Murchie and Ryan Sutton were all shown together on social media posts.
The 22-year-old had been touted for big things in the capital having linked up with the Raiders on a four-year deal ahead of the 2020 season.
Now the former Melbourne centre finds himself in hot water just days after the Raiders released Joey Leilua to the Wests Tigers.
Any potential suspension for Scott would be a bitter pill to swallow for the Raiders, who are already coming to grips with the departure of winger Jordan Rapana.
Raiders chief executive Don Furner has been contacted for comment.
Scott's drama comes a week after he told Fox Sports a key reason for signing with Canberra "was to stay out of the Sydney rat-race and the Sydney fishbowl".
"It's a good place to just concentrate on footy and at the moment, that's the most important thing - apart from my family - that's going on in my life," Scott said.