Cleary dumps Coote

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Lachlan Coote has been dramatically dropped from the NRL in a surprise move from Panthers coach Ivan Cleary.

And Michael Jennings will make a return to the Panthers – he’s been named at centre alongside Brad Tighe, with Geoff Daniela relegated to a seven-man bench.

Josh Mansour will replace Coote at fullback, while Sandor Earl returns to first grade to slip onto the wing.

The Panthers have named five-eighth Travis Burns but the Weekender understands he has a broken cheekbone and Harry Siejka will be called into the side to play Gold Coast on Sunday.

Panthers team v Titans: Josh Mansour, Etu Uaisele, Michael Jennings, Brad Tighe, Sandor Earl, Travis Burns, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston, Tim Grant, Clint Newton, Cameron Ciraldo, Luke Lewis. Bench: Nigel Plum, Danny Galea, Dayne Weston, Ryan Simpkins, Chris Armit, Geoff Daniela, Matt Robinson.

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