Maloney to challenge dangerous contact charge

Panthers playmaker James Maloney will attempt to have a grade one dangerous contact charge dismissed in order to take the field against Wests Tigers on Friday.

Maloney received the charge from the NRL Match Review Committee for a tackle on Canberra Raiders forward John Bateman in the first half of last Saturday's defeat.

The 32-year-old has entered a plea of not guilty and will argue his case before the NRL Judiciary on Tuesday night.

Maloney, along with teammate Liam Martin, submitted an early guilty plea to a dangerous throw charge also arising from the game in Wagga Wagga.

Due to loading from a prior offence, Martin received a one-match suspension and will next be available for the Panthers home game against New Zealand Warriors.