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The Sharks have decided to take the early guilty plea on a grade one dangerous contact charge levelled against forward Chris Heighington from the match against the Roosters on Saturday night.

Heighington was charged for a tackle on Boyd Cordner in the 53rd minute of the match, with the dangerous contact-head/neck grade one charge carrying a 100-point penalty if he were to challenge and fail to have the matter dismissed at a judiciary hearing.

A 100-point penalty would see him miss one match.

In taking the early plea and subsequent 75-point penalty Heighington will be free to play against the Knight on Sunday.

And with forwards Wade Graham and Sam Tagataese under an injury cloud, Heighington could become a valuable player come Sunday afternoon.

As for their opponents the Knights, forward Josh King was handed an identical charge to Heighington and has opted to take the early plea and will be available to tackle the Sharks this weekend.

The Sharks have a rest day today, before beginning preparations for the Knights match with a full training day on Tuesday.