Forbes junior Charlie Staines stood down at Penrith after biosecurity breach

STOOD DOWN: Charlie Staines from Forbes starred for the Panthers on Saturday but was stood down by the club on Monday. Photo: NRL PHOTOS
STOOD DOWN: Charlie Staines from Forbes starred for the Panthers on Saturday but was stood down by the club on Monday. Photo: NRL PHOTOS

Charlie Staines has come crashing back to earth after the Penrith Panthers reported the 19-year-old to the NRL following a biosecurity breach.

Staines had too many visitors at his place of residence on Saturday in accordance with the NRL biosecurity protocol while he also attended hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning for a case of lockjaw without the Panthers' knowledge.

The Panthers released a statement on the matter on Monday afternoon and said the club has informed the NRL.

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The Forbes junior has been stood down from all duties at the club in line with the protocol and the matter will be investigated.

"Charlie has been extremely naive on this occasion and inadvertently breached the protocols that are in place to protect the game," Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher said.

"His misunderstanding of the specifics of the guidelines can not be overlooked, nor can his failure to contact the club before seeking medical treatment for his jaw condition.

"The club and Charlie will now work closely with the NRL to ensure all necessary steps are taken to rectify the situation."

Staines hosted ten visitors at his home after scoring four tries in an incredible debut on Saturday.

The visitors included his parents, his sister, the parents of his partner and four friends after the Forbes fans had been in attendance at Kogarah to watch the Panthers' win over Cronulla.

The NRL biosecurity protocols in place allow 10 visitors at a place of residence each day but those visitors must attend in groups of five at the most.

He also attended Nepean Hospital about 2.30am after a recurrence of lockjaw, which is a condition he is familiar with and last suffered during Panthers pre-season.

The Panthers found out about the hospital visit and the visitors on Sunday.

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