The Newcastle Knights have released Dylan Phythian from the remainder of his contract after he returned a second positive test for illicit drugs.
Club officials have confirmed the promising 22-year-old playmaker had his second contravention under the NRL's illicit Drugs Policy.
He was facing an automatic 12-week suspension, however Phythian and the club have instead decided to part ways.
The Newcastle Knights have today announced the release of Dylan Phythian from the Club.
Phythian has had a second contravention under the NRL’s Illicit Drugs Policy, which automatically incurs a 12-match suspension.
After conferring with Dylan, the Club has made the decision to terminate his playing contract. His behaviour is at odds with the culture we are building within the Club.
The Knights will provide him with counselling support during this challenging time.