A Gold Coast NRL player bragged about his salary after allegedly assaulting a security guard, a court has heard.
Daniel Sarginson, 24, has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm at the Southport Magistrates Court.
The Gold Coast Titans player is accused of hitting a security guard at a Burleigh Heads hotel in June after he and a friend were refused entry.
During the first day of Sarginson’s trial, security guard Kurt Smith said the England international said after the alleged assault: “I’m on half a mill mate, I can do what I want”.
Mr Smith said he was struck in the face by Sarginson, and then pinned the rugby league player to the ground by lying on him.
“He was quite strong and aggressive,” Mr Smith said about Sarginson’s behaviour.
The court was shown footage of the incident which also showed another security guard appearing to kick and knee one of Sarginson’s friends in a scuffle following the alleged assault.
The trial continues.