9 Mar 2010

Newcastle Knights meet with sponsors after players drugs busts

6:12 am on 9 March 2010

The Newcastle rugby league club's major sponsorship deals with NIB and McDonalds are hanging in the balance after the NRL club's chief executive Steve Burraston met with both yesterday.

Burraston met with the Knights' backers to discuss the off-field dramas which have engulfed the club following the charging of a second player, Chris Houston, with drug dealing last week.

Houston joined former team-mate and housemate Danny Wicks in facing charges of supplying drugs.

Both players voluntarily terminated their contracts with the Knights following the charges.

Burraston says both meetings were constructive and offered an opportunity for their sponsors to discuss a number of concerns.