NIGHT OUT: An Instagram photo of Craig Garvey, far left, with fellow Dragons Mitch Rein and Yaw Kiti Glymin allegedly taken on Thursday. ST George Illawarra have stood down young hooker Craig Garvey after an internal investigation over an alleged assault on a 26-year-old man in a Wollongong bar.
Nanjing Night Net

Garvey, who skippered the club’s under-20s side last year, is accused of punching Christopher Allan ‘‘multiple times’’ on the dance floor at the Hotel Illawarra on Thursday night.

“You’re being a smart arse, I’ll knock you the f— out” were the last words Allan said he heard before a flurry of punches from a man allegedly identified as Garvey left Allan bleeding on the floor.

The Dragons said yesterday that they had stood down Garvey from all club activities for breaching their code of conduct after he informed them of his involvement in an incident at the Hotel Illawarra.

‘‘The incident is subject to a police investigation, no formal charges have been laid at this point in time and as such the club is not in a position to provide any further details,’’ the club said in a statement.

‘‘The NRL Integrity Unit has been informed.’’

Allan and his friend James Stimson had started their night at the Illawarra Brewery before heading to the Hotel Illawarra for a dance about 9pm. Stimson said they had been on the dance floor about half an hour when a man acting ‘‘aggressively’’ approached them.

The assailant, who Stimson identified as Garvey, allegedly first pressed his head against Allan’s before punching him multiple times in the face.

Stimson said his friend had then been placed in a choke hold and was released only when he was close to losing consciousness.

Stimson said Garvey had then left the scene.

A photo allegedly taken at the Hotel Illawarra on Thursday night shows Garvey with teammates Mitch Rein and Yaw Kiti Glymin. The picture was posted on Rein’s Instagram page yesterday morning but was later taken down.

Speaking outside Wollongong Hospital yesterday, Allan said he couldn’t understand why he had been singled out.

The punches had caused his left eye to close up from severe swelling. Allan said he was still waiting to find out if he had suffered a fracture.

‘‘I don’t put my hands on someone else for no reason, and I expect the same thing from other people,’’ he said. ‘‘I was having a good night up until that point and I’ve been dealing with it ever since, not to mention the pain I’m in.

‘‘It doesn’t tickle.’’

Stimson said Allan had been trying to defuse the situation before the assault.

‘‘Out of nowhere he put his head to Chris’s head a few times and then threw multiple punches,’’ Stimson said.

‘‘Then he [Allan] fell to the ground. I tried to grab the guy. He got Chris and was choking him. He let go eventually because Chris nearly passed out and he just took off.

‘‘It was a coward act, man, a coward act.’’

Fairfax Media has been unable to contact Garvey directly for comment.

Police said they were investigating the matter.