The Cronulla Sharks Football club has confirmed that five of their currently contracted players have received show cause notices for allegedly taking banned substances in 2011. A total of 17 players from the 2011 squad received the notices.

The club issued a statement saying that they would support the players involved, and would not be making any further comment while those players sort legal advice.

The statement said players had been offered a possible suspension and had until the weekend to decide on what action to take. Sharks reserve fullback Nathan Gardener was seen driving several team mates, including Anthony Tupou and Wade Graham to a solicitor Wednesday morning as the legal process began.

Paul Gallen spoke up about the  situation on radio earlier on Wednesday, denying he had done anything wrong, and admitting he was fearful of being branded a ‘drug cheat’ no matter what path was taken by the players.

The players confirmed to have received ‘show cause’ notices are:

  • Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos)
  • Colin best (retired)
  • Josh Cordoba (London Broncos),
  • Luke Douglas (Gold Coast Titans),
  • Stuart Flanagan (Appin Dogs)
  • Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)
  • Nathan Gardner (Cronulla Sharks)
  • Wade Graham (Cronulla Sharks)
  • Albert Kelly (Gold Coast Titans)
  • John Morris (retired, coaching Cronulla)
  • Ben Pomery (Les Catalans Dragons)
  • Tim Smith (Wakefield Wildcats)
  • Kade Snowden (Newcastle Knights)
  • Anthony Tupou (Cronulla Sharks)
  • John Williams (retired)
  • Broderick Wright (retired)
  • Matthew Wright (North Queensland Cowboys)

Interestingly, Isaac Gordon, who had opened a law suit against Cronulla for negligence due to a substance he allegedly received, was not named in ASADA’s list.

 

Statement from the Cronulla Sharks – August 20, 2014

The Sharks have been advised that five players currently contracted to the club have received ‘show cause’ notices from ASADA.

Players have been offered a proposal regarding a possible suspension, which they need to consider before the weekend, with the players to consult with their legal representatives over the next two days in relation to their individual circumstances.

The Sharks will continue to act in the best interests of the players and are providing on-going support, both to those issued with the notices as well as others in the club, while solicitors acting for the players will continue to manage the process on their behalf.

At this point in time the Cronulla Sharks Football Club will be making no further comment on any matter relating to the ASADA investigation or today’s developments.