Newcastle Knights officials while frustrated with the continued off-field indiscretions of young hooker Terrence Seu Seu, must be happy with the timing – as their decision to sack Seu Seu from the club has been hidden beneath the Jarryd Hayne and Mark Gasnier headlines of the past few days.
The upcoming Kiwi rake was apparently caught drink driving when stopped over the weekend and this latest crime added to an existing assault charge already hanging over the head of young Seu Seu who was unable to stop the Knights from showing him the door.
While Danny Buderus was always the no.1 choice at hooker, Terrence Seu Seu had continued to push for selection and was certainly the next choice should Buderus leave. Possessing plenty of talent, the Knights are concerned another NRL club may swoop and pickup their discard as they moved to continue their clean image.
As off-field situations continue almost weekly for the NRL teams, it’s now a battle for clubs to stay focused as the season approaches. Teams that have managed to keep out of the spotlight are sure to be more focused and will be ready to pounce come kick-off time. In this case, it seems the Knights have made the right move – booting a repeat offender and sending a message to players that NRL Rugby League is a professional sport and should not be taken for granted on or off the field.