Sydney Roosters star Mitchell Pearce is back in Sydney following treatment in an overseas clinic for alcohol issues.
Pearce spent the past month in Thailand following the release of a drunken Australia Day video that embarrassed the 26-year-old and led him to seek help.
The halfback flew back into Sydney airport on Sunday morning just four days before the start of the NRL season, with the Roosters and NRL yet to decide on what sanctions Pearce may face over the footage.
Pearce told waiting media: “It’s been a really hard four weeks. The hard work starts now.
“I love footy and it’s something that I’ve missed a lot, being around my mates and being around footy.
“I deserve the punishment, I totally humiliated myself and a lot of other people.
“I’m not hiding from anything, I’m here to cop whatever comes and we’ll just wait and see what happens.”
Pearce was picked up at Sydney airport by his father, NRL commissioner Wayne Pearce and his mother Terri.
He will front the media tomorrow morning to speak about his treatment.
Pearce will face the Roosters board and then the NRL integrity unit before his punishment is determined for his misbehaviour.