Bad apples must be picked out, says Ryan
Cronulla winger ... Beau Ryan. Photo: Brendan Esposito
CRONULLA winger Beau Ryan has called for those in rugby league guilty of bringing the game into disrepute to come clean and confess.
After his debut performance for the Sharks in their trial against Manly on Friday night, Ryan declared his concerns over the drug and match-fixing saga that has cast a shadow over everyone in the code.
Given the fact the Australian Crime Commission have provided scarce detail about the perpetrators in the widespread drug use and the links to organised crime and match fixing, the reputation of all players have come under scrutiny since the announcement on Thursday. But Ryan believes its time for those with a guilty conscience to come forward and relieve the innocent of any association with the scandal.
''I think it would be good for the people involved either to come forward or be named because it leaves a lot of pressure on the clubs,'' Ryan said. ''I think the people, the fans the media want to know, they probably should do the right thing and come out.''
Ryan, who scored a try in the early stages of the second half against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Friday night, wasn't at the Sharks when Stephen Dank was at the club.
But he insisted he didn't know of any use of illicit supplements at both his former and current club.
The 27-year-old said the revelations of illegal supplement use at the Essendon Bombers were disappointing.
''It is disappointing to see it come out in sport,'' Ryan said.
''I think with Essendon, when you get [players] to sign waivers having supplements [as has been reported], you've got a bit of a problem there.''
Sharks back-rower Anthony Tupou, who had an injury-plagued 2012 campaign, was one of the several NRL players used by coach Shane Flanagan in Friday's trial against Geoff Toovey's Sea Eagles.
The Sharks were missing Paul Gallen (injury), Luke Lewis (injury) and Chris Heighington (All-Stars duty), but still fielded a strong back-row with Tupou, Wade Graham and Jayson Bukuya.
While there is plenty of competition for positions in the back row, the Sharks have also bolstered their back line to become genuine premiership contenders.
So big is Tupou's opinion of the Sharks, the 29-year-old likened the club's 2013 roster to that of the Sydney Roosters almost a decade ago.
"I probably haven't been in a good side like this since I debuted in '04 in that superstar Roosters team," he said.
"This has got that exact feel to it. There's so much competition for spots … I haven't seen that sort of intensity at the club for the whole five years that I've been there.
"Compared to last couple of years, everyone has that feeling where they are not holding anything back.''