Knights prop Jacob Saifiti is recuperating at home after being released from hospital as police call for witnesses to the altercation outside a Newcastle hotel early Sunday morning that left him with a fractured leg.
Saifiti is facing possible disciplinary action from the Knights after an alleged incident involving Central Newcastle first-grader Dane Cordner, the brother of NSW and Australian skipper Boyd Cordner.
Saifiti was knocked out after allegedly being punched during the incident and fractured his leg after falling awkwardly.
The incident outside Hamilton’s Greenroof Hotel happened just prior to 2.30 am according to police with several Knights players out together on Saturday to farewell England-bound former team-mate Luke Yates.
Newcastle police confirmed yesterday they are investigating the incident.
“As inquiries continue, detectives would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed or have information about the incident,” a police statement said.
Early indications are Saifiti could be sidelined for up to three months although the extent of his surgery is unclear.
He played just eight NRL games last season after fracturing his shoulder blade against the Titans in May.
Knights officials and coach Nathan Brown are understood to be furious the off-field incident has taken the gloss off the club’s outstanding recruitment efforts during the off-season.