Clubs have lined up to welcome a wide-reaching probe into drugs in Australian sport. Here's what they've had to say.
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles fully support and will cooperate with any
investigations by The National Rugby League, Federal and State authorities.
We applaud the Federal Government’s efforts to improve the integrity of all
professional sport in Australia and condemn unreservedly any use of illegal
performance enhancing substances by players.
We are unaware of any of these issues at our Club or in the game.
Wests Tigers strongly endorses the action taken by the NRL in response to the issues of doping and integrity facing professional sport in Australia and will fully support the investigation that ensues.
Wests Tigers CEO Stephen Humphreys said “we all have the obligation to protect the integrity of the game. Wests Tigers will fully support the relevant authorities with their investigations”
In relation to earlier reports that Stephen Dank has previously worked with or consulted to the Wests Tigers, the Club confirms that this is simply untrue. Stephen Dank has never worked in any capacity for the Wests Tigers.
The NRL and ASADA have appointed accounting firm Deloittes to gather information from several NRL clubs in relation to information from the Australian Crime Commission.
These NRL clubs, including Penrith, are co-operating fully with the investigation surrounding anti-doping rules and regulations, and are complying with every request.
The Penrith Panthers welcome this investigation, and fully support its aim of helping to ensure a clean and positive future for our game.
The Parramatta Eels have today received notification from the Australian Rugby League Commission of the significant investigation that will be taking place into the use of both illicit and performance enhancing drugs within the NRL.
The Parramatta Eels fully support the stance the ARLC has taken with this matter and will co-operate in any way necessary to assist in ongoing ASADA and police investigations. As a club we believe all measures should be taken to eradicate the practice of P.E.D and illicit drug use in our game.
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans is fully supportive of the NRL’s investigation into doping and integrity issues in sport following the release of the Australian Crime Commission’s findings and response to its 12 month investigation into Australia’s major sports.
iSelect Titans CEO David May said, “As a club we have a zero tolerance policy that is strictly enforced. We believe there is no place for drugs in our game. I’ve got absolute confidence that the club is fully compliant with the standards set and regulated by ASADA and WADA ”
“We fully support and endorse the investigations currently underway and will cooperate with any request by any party. We believe this issue is best addressed at ‘whole of game’ level and fully endorse the steps being taken by the NRL,” said May