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Cronulla Sharks boss Steve Noyce pleads for NRL and ASADA to release findings

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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.

End the waiting game: Sharks boss Steve Noyce wants a resolution to the club's problems.

End the waiting game: Sharks boss Steve Noyce wants a resolution to the club's problems. Photo: Anna Warr

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.”

12 comments so far

  • If the police dragged out an investigation like this there would be wide spread criticism from all concerned. After all this time what is the hold up? I have a feeling the biggest losers are going to be the long suffering Sharks fans.

    Date and time
    March 13, 2014, 6:32AM
    • The Sharks have been hung out to dry in this whole affair. Drip feeding of information to friendly Journalists which on any view can only come from sources who are in high and well informed places. All designed to unsettled the Sharks and then throw in the odd relocation rumour and you are sticking a knife into the heart of the club and it's supporters. If I was the Sharks Board I would investigate the feasibility of moving assets from the Football Club to the Leagues Club. Then if the Carpetbaggers move the Sharks all they get is a name. The Sharks own Remondis Stadium and the development site next to it. That was originally mangrove swamps which the community developed over the years. These assets belong to the community and the Leagues Club could consider supporting the Sutherland Sharks Soccer Club at least it's local. In addition if the NRL try to sell the Dragons here it will go nowhere because their two remaining amalgamation teams despite winning a premiership each are like football gypsies. They move from home to home until no one knows where they came from, Rugby League like all sport is about faith and hope that this will be the year. Chances are it won't be but then there is next year. That's why the Sharks have a membership over 10.000 because for last 2 seasons we got a sniff. Kill off the Sharks and the NRL will demonstrate they stand for nothing but the Corporate Dollar and really that is all the fans will mean to them.

      Gymea Bay
      Date and time
      March 13, 2014, 6:34AM
      • The last decent crowd the Sharks will get this year will be in round 3 against the Dragons. After that it will be all downhill. By mid June yourself and about 5,000 others will be the only ones at Remondis Stadium keeping the faith.

        Date and time
        March 13, 2014, 12:35PM
    • I vividly recall the drama of the press conference with both govt and ASADA officials announcing the drug scandal.
      That was over a year ago yet why did we all feel that players of different codes would be named and banned almost immediately as we were given the distinct impression all the evidence had been gathered and the cheats were about to be outed.
      Since that day we have not seen one prosecution of a player,we have seen an AFL club punished by exclusion from a final despite no charges against any players.
      The Sharks are enduring a death by a thousand cuts process while the NRL dispense their form of justice to Flanagan and ASADA has not laid one charge in a never ending saga.
      NOT BLOODY GOOD ENOUGH,if you have evidence charge the cheats if not shut up.

      Circling buzzard
      Date and time
      March 13, 2014, 10:59AM
      • I curse the day and the person at Cronulla who decided to bring in Stephen Dank. The bad karma continues. I pine for the FItzgibbon/Langy era when that elusive Grand Final seemed so close. Might of also helped if we'd kept Bruno Cullen around instead of Board egos/stupidity forcing him out.

        Chuck Lumley
        Date and time
        March 13, 2014, 12:09PM
        • ASADA, a sad indictment on Australia. What other organisation could get away with such drawn out incompetency The whole thing has been a joke from start to fin.... hang on we're still waiting for the finish.

          John B
          Date and time
          March 13, 2014, 12:35PM
          • Firstly I'm not a Shark's fan but it still looks to me that someone wants the south coast from Rockdale to the border wearing red and white and I still would like to know why no other club mixed up with Danks hasn't been heard about, again the NRL have taken the soft option and they still can't see why fan like me and I've been watching for over 50 years now are get pi**ed off.

            Date and time
            March 13, 2014, 1:12PM
            • It's all very well for Noyce to plea for his club but ASADA has a bigger role than just outing four Cronulla players. ASADA must cooperate with other law enforcement agencies to get to the bottom of not just doping in football clubs but enforcement of the national drug laws. Criminal investigations can go on for years before arrests and convictions are made. Any CEO of a football club has no right to attempt to rush any such investigation. If there has been involvement by Cronulla in illegal activities, the club will just have to wait until the law enforcement authorities are good and read to announce and do whatever they have to do. If Cronulla is being destabilised by the investigation then that is just plain bad luck and the club would never have been in the position if due diligence had been taken in the first place.

              Date and time
              March 13, 2014, 1:16PM
              • So, we're now down to just the Sharks and Essendon?

                So why did we need the CEOs of the FFA, Australian Rugby and Cricket Australia at the press conference?

                This has been a flop.

                where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?

                Date and time
                March 13, 2014, 1:24PM
                • That's what you get for being smart arses wade graham and co, should of co operated in the first place this would all be done and dusted by now.

                  Date and time
                  March 13, 2014, 3:03PM

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