Newcastle chairman Rob Tew has issued a heartfelt letter to fans expressing a desire to see second-rower Chris Houston successfully resume his career.
Houston stood down from the club in March after being charged with alleged drug offences, but was promptly re-signed in December after he was cleared.
Now Knights chairman Rob Tew, says Houston should be allowed to continue his career.
“On behalf of the Board of the Newcastle Knights, I am delighted to welcome Chris Houston back into our fold and I trust that our members and general supporters will also welcome Chris back,” said Tew.
“I know Chris’s character to be one of a decent, forthright, humble, determined and honest young man who had been – to the time of his being charged – a significant contributor to our Club’s purposes, both on and off the playing field.
“It is our Club’s desire and indeed it is my personal desire that this young man has the opportunity to re-engage his life and his sporting career. Further, that his life can return to some normality and balance and that we at the Knights are an integral part of a complete re-engagement.
“There are not many greater rewards than those that come from assisting another to regain confidence and direction in their life.
I believe that responsibility and loyalty – both personal and organisational – has been extended in the correct balance in this matter and continues to be so.”