Gold Coast Titans have come down heavily on Kevin Proctor following last week's drugs scandal, handing down a four-game NRL ban and fine of 20,000 Australian dollars.
Proctor has also been ordered to undergo 50 hours of drug and alcohol prevention-related community service after allegedly purchasing cocaine with international team-mate and former skipper Jesse Bromwich following New Zealand's 30-12 ANZAC Test defeat to Australia in Canberra on Friday.
The 28-year-old second-rower had already stood down as co-captain and from playing until the Titans board made a decision, having been axed from calculations for this year's Rugby League World Cup by the Kiwis on Monday.
"The board acknowledged that while these sanctions may be viewed by some as harsh, particularly when combined with the Kiwis World Cup exclusion, the overriding view of the board is there must be a very strong message sent that any form of illicit drug use is unacceptable and has to be driven out of the game," a statement from the Titans read on Wednesday.
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley continued: "The board has taken a strong stance with Kevin despite his four-match suspension potentially damaging the club's prospects over the coming month as we seek to remain in finals contention. He has also let his team-mates down, and seriously disappointed our members and commercial partners.
"Of course, as a football club our priority is to win as many games as possible, but if we all have to suffer some pain in order to drive the message home, then so be it. We take our responsibility to the community seriously and we will not walk away from tough decisions just to increase our chances of on-field success.
"I am pleased to say Kevin has shown tremendous remorse since we first spoke with him last Sunday. Once again today he faced up to the consequences of his actions and accepted full responsibility. He also accepted the penalty handed down with good grace and apologised to the board for everything he has put the club through in recent days."