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Eagle to face court over assault
Murray Newman

West Coast have another off-field issue to deal with after young forward Murray Newman was charged by WA police with grievous bodily harm.

Newman was allegedly involved in a fight with an 18-year-old man outside the Library nighclub in Northbridge last Saturday night.

The Eagles forward was allegedly exchanging fiery words with the man before police believe Newman punched him in the face, causing serious injuries which later required surgery.

He is set to face court on November 30.

"The club is bitterly disappointed that Murray put himself in that position and will await the outcome of the legal process before making any further comment," said the Eagles through a statement.

Newman played four matches for West Coast in 2012 - his debut season.

The 18-year-old was recruited from Swan Districts with the 23rd selection at last year's national draft.

Newman's problems are a blow to the Eagles, who have spent considerable resources over the past five years repairing the club's off-field image following a spate of incidents involving players.

He joins Richmond recruit Aaron Edwards and sacked St Kilda player Jason Gram to run foul of the law during the AFL off-season.

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