Panthers move to sack Taylan May

Taylan May arrives at Penrith training recently. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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The contract of Penrith centre Taylan May could be terminated by the club’s Board as soon as next week.

It’s understood May, who is currently fighting domestic violence charges in court and is stood down from playing, will front the Board after being issued a show cause notice.

The show cause notice is unrelated to the current court case.

The Board is moving to sack May after a number of alleged breaches of the club’s code of conduct, which are understood to date back several years.

It appears the Board may have run out of patience with May, despite rubber stamping a contract extension earlier this year.

A Panthers spokesperson confirmed the matter is before the Board but that no further comment would be made.

The 22-year-old will sit out the rest of the season after being banned under the NRL’s no-fault stand down rule, following his arrest and subsequent domestic violence charges last month. May has plead not guilty.

Curiously, Penrith coach Ivan Cleary was due to front the media today to discuss this Sunday’s clash with Manly at BlueBet Stadium.

But the media opportunity has now been postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

Last week, Cleary clashed with journalists when asked about May’s court appearance.

Troy Dodds

Troy Dodds is the Weekender's Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia's leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.

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