Penrith have signed troubled Wests Tigers forward Daine Laurie to a two-year deal despite criminal proceedings into an alleged assault of his girlfriend.
Laurie appeared at Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday charged with assaulting his partner and mother of his two children at their Leumeah home last week.
He was released from the final year of his contract with the Tigers to take up the deal at Penrith.
“We have done a deal with Daine,” confirmed Panthers chief executive Michael Leary.
"We have spoken with the Tigers and everything is fine (for a release).
"It’s a court case now and we cannot discuss that.
“We think he is a great acquisition for the club.”
The Tigers meanwhile have been active in the player market signing former Panther Junior Moors and Wigan utility Mark Flanagan for next year.
Englishman Flanagan can play halfback, five-eighth and lock and will fill the utility role vacated by John Morris who is off to Cronulla.
“Mark is a raw talent. There is plenty of improvement in him and hopefully under Tim Sheens, we can bring that out,” said Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell.
“He is a tough no-nonsense player with a strong work ethic.”
The Tigers have an option to extend Flanagan’s stay into 2011.
The 22-year-old Flanagan made his first grade for Wigan this year after joining the Warriors in 2007 from Bradford Bulls.
His father, Terry, represented Great Britain four times between 1983 and 1984.
Moors heads to the Tigers after an injury ravaged-season and the Tigers also have an option to extend his deal for a further year.
The 23-year-old forward played 24 first grade games for the Panthers but had his 2009 season ruined by a broken ankle in the club’s first trial game of the year.
“Junior is looking forward to working under Tim Sheens and will push hard for a first grade front-row position,” said McDonnell.
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