Eagle charged with grievous bodily harm

Young West Coast Eagles forward Murray Newman has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm following an incident last week.

In a statement on Friday, West Coast said it was "bitterly disappointed" Newman had put himself in "that position" but that the Eagles would await the outcome of the legal process before making any further comment.

The AFL has been notified of the situation and Newman is set to face court over the incident.

The Eagles' first pick of the 2011 national draft at No. 23, Swan Districts product Newman - who will turn 19 on Sunday - played four games in the 2012 AFL season, kicking two goals on debut against the Gold Coast in round 14.

Police would not comment specifically about Newman but confirmed an 18-year-old Swan View man had been charged in relation to an incident in Northbridge on Saturday.

Police will allege that two men, both aged 18, became involved in a verbal altercation at the Library Nightclub about 1.30am and that one punched another in the face.

The man who was struck suffered serious injuries and has since undergone surgery.

According to the police statement, the charged man will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on November 30.

Police are asking anyone who has any information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Eagles, seen as a team beset with cultural problems in the days of Ben Cousins and Michael Gardner, had done much to improve their public reputation in recent seasons.

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