The NRL and its clubs have always been stringent when it comes to drugs in any form and Newcastle Knights utility Dylan Phythian is the latest casualty.
After recording a second contravention under the NRL’s Illicit Drug Policy, the Knights made a decision to release Phythian from the remainder of his contract.
An up-and-coming utility, Phythian was facing a 12-match ban as a result of the findings.’
As the Knights look to build the right culture moving forward, such behaviour does not tie in with their beliefs.
Despite his release, the Knights will continue to offer Phythian support and counselling.
Although they are sad to make the decision, the Knights were left with no choice.
“It’s a sad day for Dylan and the club but it’s clear this culture doesn’t fit with us,” Knights CEO Phil Gardner said.
“We were left with no option. We have to have a club that we’re proud of and that the community is proud of.
“We are a developing club so the behaviour sets a benchmark. As a person, you’ve either got integrity or you don’t. We keep our word and we have to expect the same.”