Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown hasn’t ruled out dropping winger Nathan Ross for Sunday’s NRL encounter with Penrith following comments the City representative made this week about a contract upgrade.
Ross trained in the centres with reserve grade on Thursday morning while Brendan Elliot lined up outside Peter Mata’utia on the left edge.
When asked if Ross would pay the price Brown kept his cards close to his chest.
“We’ll keep what we’re going to do with that in house and we’ll move forward,” Brown said.
Knights halfback Jaelen Feeney sat out the session with ice on his knee and Trent Hodkinson stepped into the playmaker role.
Brown said he was unsure if Feeney would take the field at McDonald Jones Stadium and that Hodkinson would be recalled if the younger pivot didn’t pass fitness tests.
Brown said utility forward Anthony Tupou was also in doubt to play the Panthers, however, second-rower Sam Stone would return for the round 11 fixture after being rested post representative duties with the young Kangaroos.