Former coach gives doping guarantee
Former Raiders strength and conditioning coach Matt Ford. Photo: Stuart Walmsley
Former Raiders strength and conditioning coach Matt Ford says he took a conservative approach to sport supplements and can guarantee the club was not involved in any form of systemic doping.
Ford, who resigned from the Raiders at the end of last season, said he had been in charge of endorsing all the club's supplements during coach David Furner's tenure.
Ford was so confident in the club's process, he chose to speak out after it was revealed the Raiders were one of six NRL clubs implicated in an Australian Crime Commission report into sports doping and corruption.
''I can guarantee that there was no regime of any kind of doping, I can vouch for that,'' Ford said.
''The fact the Raiders have been named in this report, who knows in what context? That's the thing that's really frustrating because there's been no specifics divulged.''
Ford said he ensured all club supplements passed Australian and world anti-doping protocols. He said players were consistently warned about the dangers of buying their own products outside the club.
''I was very conservative and had to be very well convinced before any type of supplement was distributed to the players,'' Ford said. ''I'm really happy with how the club managed the whole supplement program and everything was above board.
''As I kept saying to the players and staff each year, we wouldn't do anything unless it was backed by evidence-based research. That was my whole motto with supplements.''
''The players were always provided with information about the supplements they were going to be taking.''