Russell Packer

Over the past few weeks Phil Gould has been quietly asking some of his most respected mates for their opinion on incarcerated Kiwi prop Russell Packer, who is serving a two-year sentence in Lithgow Gaol.

Newcastle Knights officials have monitored Packer’s welfare behind bars, and are yet to make a call on whether they will welcome him back.

Enter Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, who debuted Packer with the New Zealand Warriors in 2008 and needs a younger prop to replace Tim Grant next year.

Cleary has spoken to Gould about his desire to pursue Packer for next year, and Knights officials are aware of Penrith’s interest.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph