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Panthers prop Sam McKendry will challenge the contrary conduct charge levelled against him for making contact with referee Jared Maxwell during Monday's win over the Roosters.

The club and McKendry sought legal advice in relation to the possibility of fighting the charge and on Wednesday morning elected to enter a plea of not guilty.

Should McKendry be found guilty at judiciary, he will receive a total of 150 penalty points and miss Sunday's showdown with the Sharks.

An early guilty plea would have also seen the Panthers prop miss the match, due in part to 41 carry-over points from a previous high tackle charge this season.

McKendry's hearing at the NRL Judiciary is scheduled for Wednesday night.

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Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.