Broken leg puts Jacob Saifiti's immediate rugby league future under a cloud

A man has been charged over an alleged assault at Newcastle at the weekend.

Dane Cordner, aged 28, a Central Newcastle backrower and Jacob Saifiti, aged 22, a Newcastle Knights front rower, were allegedly involved in a dispute which led to a serious leg injury to the younger man.

Police have been told two men were involved in an altercation outside a licensed premises, Greenroof Hotel, on Tudor Street, Hamilton, just before 2.30am on Sunday (December 2).

Officers from Newcastle City Police District were notified on Monday (December 3), and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, a 28-year-old Adamstown man attended Newcastle Police Station about 4.45pm yesterday (Wednesday, December 5), where he was arrested and charged with reckless grievous bodily harm.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

The injured Saifiti remains in John Hunter Hospital after undergoing surgery which will most likely keep him out of the game for the first half of the season..

Saifiti had been on the comeback trail after two bouts of shoulder surgery restricted him to just eight games last season.

The 22-year-old was on the road to recovery and was confident he would have been available for Newcastle’s opening trial match against St George Illawarra in February. This latest incident has left his immediate future under a cloud.