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Eastmond guilty of serious misconduct suspension

Kyle Eastmond
Kyle Eastmond has scored 417 points for St Helens in 62 games for the club

St Helens have lifted England half-back Kyle Eastmond's suspension after warning him over his future conduct.

Eastmond was suspended by the club on 17 March after allegations of 'rude and offensive gestures' to fans during and after Saints' 27-16 loss to Harlequins.

But, although Saints found Eastmond guilty of serious misconduct, the matter has been dealt with internally.

And the 21-year-old, who has been warned about his future conduct, faces no further disciplinary action.

A club statement read: "Following an internal investigation, St Helens have found Kyle Eastmond guilty of serious misconduct.

"The case centred on rude and offensive gestures to fans at the game against Harlequins on 11 March.

"The matter has been dealt with in accordance with the club's internal disciplinary procedures and the player has also been warned about his future conduct.

"As a result, Kyle's suspension from the club is now lifted.

"St Helens RFC will not be making any further comment on this matter."

Eastmond is now free to resume training and, in theory, is available for selection by coach Royce Simmons.

But the Oldham-born Saints Academy product has not been included in the squad for Friday night's Super League game against Bradford.

And it places a question mark as to whether Eastmond, who has already agreed to switch codes and join Premiership side Bath, will play for Saints again.

There remains the possibility that Eastmond, out of contract at the end of the season, may now seek to negotiate an early release from Saints.

Saints have already begun to look for a long-term successor, although Simmons was highly encouraged by the performance of temporary replacement Jonny Lomax in last week's 30-16 win at Leeds.

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