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NRL news: Brent Naden ban, Penrith Panthers, Matt Burton, team Round 1, centre, Bulldogs, signing

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has dropped a selection bombshell of sorts by revealing wantaway young playmaker Matt Burton is in line to replace banned Brent Naden at right centre.

Naden was on Tuesday effectively stood down from NRL duties for the opening month of the season by Cleary.

He’s being punished by the coach for using cocaine and breaching coronavirus bubble protocols on the eve of last year’s grand final, which the Panthers lost to Melbourne.

Naden’s club-imposed suspension means Penrith needs a new right centre for at least the first four weeks of the season.

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