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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.

James Maloney charged for dangerous contact

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.

Maloney and Martin on report