Penrith NRL rookie charged with assault

Scott Bailey |

Young Penrith star Taylan May will continue playing in the NRL despite facing a charge of assault from an alleged incident in Queensland last year.

The Panthers confirmed on Wednesday night the 20-year-old had been charged by Queensland Police with assault occasioning bodily harm following an incident just five days after the grand final.

It’s believed May was out with teammates at a nightclub when he became involved in an incident where he is said to have dragged another male patron to the ground. 

The matter was later reported to police and was immediately referred to the NRL’s integrity unit last year.

May was subsequently charged last month.

“A 20-year-old man from NSW has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. He was served a notice to appear,” a Queensland Police statement said.

“He will next appear in Caloundra Magistrates Court on May 18 in relation to an incident on October 8.”

AAP also understands Penrith spoke to the NRL integrity unit again before the winger made his NRL return last month, and he was given the go ahead.

The flyer has since been a sensation at the defending premiers, scoring five tries in just two games this year while filling in for Brian To’o.

“The club was made aware of the incident at the time, informed the NRL Integrity Unit and undertook an investigation into the matter,” Penrith said in a statement.

“The club subsequently implemented disciplinary measures against May, while giving fair consideration to the circumstances of the incident, and deemed the matter finalised.

“The NRL has not imposed any disciplinary measures against May, therefore he is eligible for NRL selection.”

The NRL has also confirmed they are happy to allow the court process to play out, meaning he can face Canterbury on Sunday night at CommBank Stadium.

The incident is the latest in a string of dramas following Penrith’s premiership celebrations, which included May’s brother Tyrone being sacked by the club following a social media post after previous offences.