Penrith have issued a statement saying jailbird Russell Packer has not been offered a contract by them ahead of the 2015 NRL season.

Jailbird Russell Packer has not been offered an NRL contract by Penrith, the club confirmed on Monday.

The former Warriors and Newcastle prop, who is currently serving 12 months jail for a vicious assault, had been linked to a return to the NRL with the Panthers.

However Penrith, who were bundled out of this season’s title race in Saturday’s 18-12 loss to Canterbury, said Packer would not be joining them.

“The Panthers would like to address reports the club has agreed to a contract with former Newcastle Knights player Russell Packer. The reports are completely inaccurate,” a club statement read on Monday.

“The Panthers formally withdrew from negotiations with Russell’s management three weeks ago.

“At this point, we are focusing on the retention of several of our talented young juniors.”

Packer has also been linked to Brisbane and St George Illawarra but it remains to be seen whether the NRL would allow him to play in 2015, given his assault conviction.