The 5 Gold Coast Titans players at the centre of their recent drugs controversy have been given the green light to return to first team duties with the club.
Greg Bird, Dave Taylor, Kalifa Fai Fai Loa, Beau Falloon and Jamie Dowling will now be available for selection for the Titans’ upcoming match against the Newcastle Knights at CBus Super Stadium on Sunday night.
The club engaged in the services of Tony Bannon SC who considered all relevant information available to him and concluded that “given the circumstances and alternatives the better course for the club is to stay its’ hand on disciplinary action until the criminal proceedings have been determined.”
On the basis of this advice the board decided to allow the 5 players to return to training and playing duties, pending the outcome of the legal process.
The club has released the following statement regarding the situation:
“On the basis of this advice the board has resolved to allow the charged players to return to playing and training duties pending the outcome of the legal process,” the statement said.
“In accepting the legal advice in relation to the specific circumstances of these charges, the board reaffirms its determination to continue to take strong action as and when required to protect and enhance the reputation of the Gold Coast Titans in the eyes of the community and the sporting world generally.
“Should any of the current allegations ultimately be proven in the courts, in assessing any subsequent disciplinary action the board will be mindful of the serious reputational and financial damage the club has already suffered.”