NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Danny Levi of the Knights questions a decision during the round 10 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium on May 11, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Newcastle Knights hooker Danny Levi spoke to coach Nathan Brown early last week, and blindsided Brown by asking for a release from his contract, according to the Newcastle Herald.

Brown and the Knights denied Levi’s request, given they believe he still has a big future ahead in Knights colours.

Levi has another two years to run on his current deal, but his own form, compared with that of new recruit Slade Griffin, has seen Levi play just three first grade games in 2018.

He has come off the bench on all three occasions, playing just 152 minutes all season.

Levi’s manager Mario Tartak told the Newcastle Herald last week a couple clubs had inquired about Levi’s services, but confirmed the hooker wasn’t going to leave the Knights.

Brown also spoke to the newspaper, and confirmed the meeting between himself and Levi.

“It’s true he came in to see us. But its a simple case of Danny not being happy with playing reserve grade and nothing more than that,” Brown told the Newcastle Herald.

“That’s actually a good thing. We don’t want any of our players being happy with playing reserve grade.”

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