Cronulla Sharks chief executive Steve Noyce made an impassioned plea for the NRL and ASADA to put the club - and its players - out of their misery and reveal whatever findings their investigations had uncovered.
There was speculation four players from the 2011 Sharks squad would be issued with show-cause notices from ASADA by the end of the month. While Noyce insisted he had no knowledge of that he said the club wanted the issue dealt with once and for all.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan was replaced by his assistant Peter Sharp before the season kicked off when he was stood down by the NRL for a year as a result of the supplements program.
Noyce said it had been an exhausting process for everyone and there was a universal desire for the matter to be finalised.
"It's been going on for a long time and I just wish all the energy had been about finalising it," Noyce told Fairfax Media on Wednesday night. “They say it’s better [to deal with the outcome] for a lot of young people’s minds ... young men’s minds ... and obviously their families.”
Noyce said he had made that request to the NRL on a number of occasions and he believed there was no doubt the episode had impacted in one way or another on players.
“One of the challenges on Monday night was we sit back, we watch a Paul Gallen be a gladiator and we marvel at him and Wade Graham - and all the guys who have been named - and [we watch] all of their mental toughness, their physical toughness ... their skills.
"But after they finish, have a shower and walk out they go out and, like you and me, they have real lives, real families and people who love them ... it’s very tough but we’ll keep working through that.”
Noyce conceded the months of speculation about the club’s future could be costing them players, including NSW Origin prop Andrew Fifita who confirmed to the team after last Monday night’s loss to the Gold Coast that he had signed with Canterbury.
“There’s no doubt that other people, when discussing our club with incumbent players, raise questions about what they get paid, will the club relocate and so on,” he said.
“I think externally people raise [those questions] but I hope internally there’s good communication amongst the management of the players and the coaches about where we’re going and the exciting future we have here.”