Bolton flies home as Cowboys opt against booze ban

Steve Zemek

North Queensland are unsure if Scott Bolton will line up for Thursday's NRL clash with the Wests Tigers after he was charged by police.

The Cowboys prop has flown home to Townsville after being charged with assault with an act of indecency.

North Queensland stayed on in Sydney after Friday's pressure-relieving win over Penrith and on Saturday night the squad was out for dinner at a Bondi bar where the alleged incident took place.

Police were called to a Campbell Parade bar late on Saturday after a female patron made a complaint.

"Everyone was in the venue," hooker Jake Granville said.

"It (the charge) is not what you want in your lead up and we're sticking together.

"We've got a big job to do on Thursday night against the Tigers."

While the NRL says Bolton can continue to play while his court case is pending it appears unlikely he will return to Sydney to play in the game at Leichhardt Oval.

The Cowboys have former Brisbane prop Francis Molo in their squad, who is a chance to come into Paul Green's 17 for Bolton.

The 30-year-old Bolton has been granted conditional bail and will appear in Waverley Local Court on June 19.

Scott Bolton. Pic: Getty

The allegations against Bolton, who has played 215 games for the Cowboys including their 2015 grand final win, took his teammates by surprise considering his good standing in the game.

"For 10 years he's never put a foot wrong and it's something that was really weird," winger Kyle Feldt said.

"He's busted his butt for us so we've got support for him, we're all going to be there for him no matter what.

"He is a good guy and I don't think anyone's got a bad word to say about him."

The Cowboys have not imposed an alcohol ban on the playing group for the remainder of their Sydney stay, however, Feldt said they were unlikely to be drinking a few days out from a game anyway.

Five-eighth Michael Morgan said all NRL players were mindful of their responsibilities after last year's collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

"I think that the outcome of all the CBA things that went on, players understood that they are partners in the game and they all want what's best," Morgan said.

"Speaking completely away from this situation, we know that you can't be giving the game a bad look because we are genuine partners."