Daine Laurie
Another chance beckons

The Newcastle Knights are one of several NRL clubs considering throwing former Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers bad boy Daine Laurie a lifeline.

They have little room to move under their NRL salary cap, or the $350,000 ceiling on second-tier player payments, but the Knights have spoken to Laurie’s manager about the possibility of him trying to resurrect his once-promising career in Newcastle.

Laurie, who was part of Anthony Mundine’s entourage at the two-time world champion’s interim World Boxing Association junior-middleweight title fight at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night, played out the Newcastle Rugby League season with Macquarie Scorpions after being sacked by Penrith in June.

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The Panthers showed the towering 27-year-old forward the door after a series of breaches of their code of conduct, but the Herald understands that his disciplinary record is not the main point of contention for the Knights.

‘‘He’s getting shopped around a little bit and we’re still talking to his manager. It’s where we’re at with the cap; that’s the main issue with us,’’ assistant coach Rick Stone said yesterday.

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