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Wade Graham met Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigators for about three hours on Monday, but it is unclear when any of his teammates will be questioned, with further interviews with Cronulla players slated for Tuesday and Wednesday set to be delayed by a legal dispute.
It is uncertain whether the stand-off was caused by anything that occurred during Graham's interview but Fairfax Media understands lawyers for both parties are in disagreement over the level of co-operation the players are required to provide after being told they do not have to incriminate themselves.
It will be the second delay in players being interviewed by ASADA after the first round of interviews were postponed last week for the same reason.
Wading in: Cronulla Sharks player Wade Graham arrives at the meeting. Photo: Peter Rae
A casually dressed Graham became the first rugby league player to face ASADA regarding possible use of banned substances by Cronulla in 2011 but left three hours later without being given any indication of when he would learn if he would be charged.
Graham, wearing a T-shirt, baseball cap and thongs, was the first of 31 NRL players to be questioned by ASADA about the use of supplements during the 2011 season while sports scientist Stephen Dank was at the club.
Less than 24 hours after playing in the Sharks' 24-8 loss to Canterbury on Sunday afternoon, Graham fronted ASADA with Melbourne-based lawyer Richard Redman.
Redman arrived at an office in Sydney's CBD about 10.30am with Graham joining him at the Reserve Bank of Australia headquarters half a hour later. The pair left about 11.30am before heading into a taxi where it is understood they met with ASADA officials. Graham refused to comment about the investigations and only said he pulled up fine from Sunday's clash.
Redman re-emerged minus Graham about 3pm before heading back into the RBA where he stayed for about a hour before walking back to his Pitt Street office.
Fairfax Media understands that no Sharks players would be interviewed on Tuesday while the meetings may resume on Wednesday.
Cronulla football manager Steve Noyce said the process needed to begin. ''It was important for the process to start because that's the way you'll finish it,'' Noyce said.
About 10 Cronulla players are expected to front ASADA.
As the players wait to learn of their fate, it is understood the NRL will begin issuing infraction notices as soon as ASADA gets enough evidence to charge a player, meaning the Sharks could lose players gradually and before other clubs.
If a player is issued with an infraction notice he could face a two-year suspension.
Meanwhile, NRL club bosses will descend upon Rugby League Central on Tuesday to get the latest update on the ASADA investigations. Other topics on the agenda at the chief executives meeting include a further outline of the NRL's restructure, the stadium strategy for the code as well as welfare and education issues.