Not what is seems: Martin Kennedy said high reading don't mean drug use.

Not what is seems: Martin Kennedy said high reading don't mean drug use. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Sydney Roosters front-rower Martin Kennedy has confirmed some players at the club recorded ‘‘off the chart’’ levels of human-growth hormone (HGH) in their blood this year but on Wednesday night vehemently denied anyone at the club had used performance-enhancing drugs. 

Roosters prop Sam Moa, winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Boyd Cordner are among six players who allegedly recorded unusually elevated levels of HGH after information relating to their blood readings appeared on the seized phone of an organised crime figure.

The tests were carried out by the fitness and weightloss company Nubodi Group, run by Sean Carolan, a long-time personal trainer of Kennedy and other NRL players including Sandor Earl and Manly winger David Williams.

Roosters general manager Brian Canavan said on Tuesday night there is no suggestion that Kennedy’s blood had unusually high levels of HGH.

Kennedy’s link is that he introduced Carolan to the Roosters to advise them on dietary matters.

Kennedy said Nubodi’s association with the club was restricted to a pre-season detox program.

Fairfax Media understands as many as 14 Roosters players went on a raw-food diet under Carolan’s guidance.

‘‘They came in and did different bloodwork with detox and diet and all these different things,’’ Kennedy said.

‘‘Nubodi is basically a guy who is a personal trainer in the city. He’s got all these different training philosophies and he came in and did a detox thing with the Roosters and that’s it.

''I’ve known him for ages - I was training with him well before he came in and did the detox.’’ 

The 24-year-old Queenslander, who is headed for the Brisbane Broncos next season, said he ‘‘irrefutably, absolutely’’ denied any suggestion he was connected to doping, insisting ‘‘it’s just completely not who I am’’.

 ‘‘I don’t drink during the season; I only drink once a year and that’s with the boys on Mad Monday,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve never had an ecstasy pill in my life, I’ve never had any marijuana, any cocaine, anything whatsoever. I eat all organic food. I’m not about to drop a needle in my arm and doing this sort of stuff.

''I have no involvement. We haven’t even so much as had a meeting on this. The club is just sitting there with open palms saying ‘we’ve got nothing to worry about’.’’

He said he was aware that some players had recorded high levels of HGH but was adamant it had absolutely nothing to do with taking the banned substance but instead had occurred naturally.

 ‘‘A hundred per cent there was. Some of the Polynesian players – their elevated blood levels were off the charts,’’ Kennedy said.

‘‘But ... none of those guys would be taking anything. ‘‘Some players had elevated human growth [hormone] levels. But I tell you what - if you had a footy club where no one had any elevated levels of growth hormone I’d be very concerned. Your body’s natural reaction is to adapt to whatever you’re throwing at it.

''If you’re lifting weights, if you’re eating a lot of meat or doing anything that is going to naturally raise your level that’s how it’s going to be. And the natural level is exactly that - it’s the natural level.’’ 

Anti-doping researcher Robin Parisotto said a person’s natural HGH level was variable. “It’s not natural to have high levels,’’ he said.

“Usually if a patient has a raised HGH they are suffering from a disease. It is natural for it to spike.’’