Danny Wicks in his Newcastle Knights playing days.
Danny Wicks in his Newcastle Knights playing days. Gatty Images Sport - Corey Davis

Wicks sentenced to three years

FORMER Newcastle Knights and Grafton Ghosts star Danny Wicks will spend a maximum three years in jail after being found guilty of trafficking drugs.

The 25-year-old rugby league forward was sentenced to a non-parole period of 18 months when he appeared in Newcastle District Court on Friday.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Helen Syme described the moment as a "sad day" for the community, Wicks and his family.

Judge Syme said she took into account that he had good prospects for rehabilitation and had taken responsibility for his actions.

"His fall from grace has been dramatic," she told the court in handing down Wicks' sentence.

"From time to time, good people do bad things and this, in my view, is one of those occasions.

"This is a sad day for him and his family."

Judge Syme said Wicks was "one of many" in a drug supply chain which she described as a "joint criminal enterprise".

She said although there was no evidence of the profits, if any, Mr Wicks had made from supplying the drugs, he had played "a necessary role".