FUTURE: Chad Redman playing for Western Suburbs in last year’s grand final. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNEWCASTLERugby League officials expect a meeting between Maitland and Kurri Kurri next week to help decide the playing future of former NRL hooker Chad Redman.
The 25-year-old featured as part ofMaitland’sreserve gradeteam in the competition program on Saturday, but didn’t take the field.
In the off-season Redman, who leftWestern Suburbs after playing in last year’s grand final,originally signed with Kurri for 2018but hasn’t donned the jersey.
At this stage no release has been granted and the Coalfields clubs, who don’t face off against one anotheruntil June 23, are hoping to reach some form of arrangement before round three.
ROUND 2: Cessnock v Kurri Kurri (Saturday); Central Newcastle v Macquarie, Lakes v Western Suburbs, South Newcastle v Maitland (Sunday).
* RYAN Stig was in and around the dressing sheds at Harker Oval on Sunday, soaking up Wests’ season-opening victory.Rosellas coach Matt Lantry expects the returning Knights playmaker back on the paddock next month after fully recovering from a rib injury.
* STILL over at the New Lambton venue and a few past and present Knights were in the crowd checking out round-one action between Wests and Central.Danny Levi wastrackside as well as the Stone family, featuring former Knights mentor Rick watchingson Ben play for the Rosellas.
* MACQUARIE will be without new recruit Kelly Benson (ankle) and versatile forward Tye Alchin (hamstring) when they travel to St John Oval to meet Central on Sunday. The respective replacements areJordan Noble and Adam Grew.
* KICK-OFF times in first grade have been shifted back half-an-hour to 3:30pm this season.