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Judiciary Update: James Tamou

Panthers prop James Tamou has copped a grade one contrary conduct charge for making contact with the head of Dylan Walker during Saturday's defeat to Manly at Panthers Stadium.

The charge attracts a monetary penalty only, meaning Tamou is free to play against New Zealand Warriors on Friday.

An early guilty plea will see Tamou slapped with a $1,100 fine, while the fine will be $1,500 if he is found guilty at the judiciary.

The news is some relief to Panthers given the club is digging deep into its reserves with front-rowers Reagan Campbell-Gillard (jaw), Sam McKendry (ACL) and Tim Browne (retirement) already unavailable.

It will be a new-look Panthers outfit that takes the field on Friday with James Maloney, Nathan Cleary and Tyrone Peachey away with the NSW Origin squad.

Press Conference: Round 16

Acknowledgement of Country

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.