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Scandal circles Cronulla Sharks

The club have until mid-January to defend claims they "breached the NRL code of conduct" after CEO Dave Smith announced sanctions on Tuesday. Nine News.

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At least two more members of Cronulla's 2011 playing squad have made inquiries about their legal position after the Sharks were fined $1 million with the NRL claiming the embattled club had exposed players to ''serious health risks''.

Already, former Cronulla pair Isaac Gordon and Josh Cordoba have launched legal action against the club for negligence.

Fairfax Media understands that at least two more players who were at the club in 2011 when the supplement program was run by controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank have sought their own legal advice following the NRL's revelations on Tuesday afternoon.

Legal advice: Isaac Gordon.

Legal advice: Isaac Gordon. Photo: Ryan Osland

That number could further rise should any players be issued with an infraction notice by ASADA and rubbed out of the game for an extended period for unwittingly taking performance-enhancing drugs at the club's direction in 2011.

The NRL's preliminary findings against Cronulla that resulted in the $1 million fine, coach Shane Flanagan being banned for 12 months and former trainer Trent Elkin having his registration proposed for cancellation include that the club:

❏ Exposed players to significant potential risks to health

Legal advice: Josh Cordoba.

Legal advice: Josh Cordoba. Photo: Bradley Kanaris

❏ Exposed players to possible breaches of the NRL anti-doping rules

❏ Allowed persons without the necessary qualifications and training to administer supplements to players

❏ Failed to obtain the fully informed consent of players to the administration of particular supplements

❏ Failed to devise and implement systems to ensure compliance with appropriate standards to safeguard the health and welfare of its players

❏ Failed to take appropriate action when it became aware unsafe practices had been used in the administration of supplements to players.

Flanagan spent the first day of his ban meeting his manager Wayne Beavis and Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce for lunch at Brighton-Le-Sands. The trio met another unidentified person for about two hours before Noyce left, leaving Beavis and Flanagan alone, sitting in the back of the restaurant on General Holmes Drive.

When approached by Fairfax Media after the meeting, Flanagan, wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses, was reluctant to talk.

''Mate, I don't mean to be rude but I'm not talking,'' Flanagan said before walking off with Beavis.

Flanagan, who is understood to be exploring his legal options, has until January 15 to appeal his one-year ban. The coach has tried to keep a low profile since being informed of his suspension just moments before a Cronulla training session on Tuesday.

Flanagan left Remondis Stadium without addressing the players and it is unclear if he will have an opportunity to do so before the players break for holidays.

The Cronulla board will meet on Thursday night to consider its position. The club on Wednesday closed ranks, with the players refusing to comment before or after training under assistant coach Peter Sharp in what was believed to be their final field session of the year.