The Knights will aim to throw a lifeline at the Packer when he is released from prison early next year.
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Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone has revealed the club is interested in bringing forward Russell Packer back to the club when he is released from jail early next year.
Packer has been imprisoned since January after pleading guilty to assaulting a stranger in an alcohol-fuelled incident in Sydney.
The former Warriors forward had only just joined the Knights on a four-year deal, but had his contract terminated after his conviction.
Speaking after the Knights’ NSW Cup semi-final win over Illawarra, Stone said the the club were willing to give Packer a second chance.
“There’s a bit of a process to go through with Russell,” he is quoted as saying by the Dominion Post.
“He’s got to make up his mind where he’d like to play and probably then he’s got to get registered by the NRL.
“But we’re one of the clubs who have expressed some interest.
“Whether he decides to come and play for the Knights, only time will tell.”