The Phil Gould Show
The revealing interview with Sandor Earl and the Roosters drug cloud. Phil Gould and Glenn Jackson discuss the big topics in league.PT9M49S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2uik3 620 349 September 27, 2013
Penrith football supremo Phil Gould says it's time for Stephen Dank to disclose the extent of his role in the Sandor Earl saga.
Following Earl's TV interview on Thursday night, which centred on Dank's relationship with the former Penrith winger - stood down after admitting to Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigators he took and trafficked the banned substance CJC-1295 - Gould urged the controversial sports scientist to explain his position.
''The main thing out of the interview for me is the betrayal that Sandor [says he] feels from Stephen Dank,'' said Gould, the Panthers' executive general manager of rugby league. ''I guess it's time we hear from the man at the centre of all this, Stephen Dank. Let's see what he says about what Sandor has alleged.''
As he detailed how Dank allegedly treated him while he recovered from a double shoulder reconstruction in 2011, Earl also suggested then Penrith officials would have known about the treatments.
''Those bills coming in over $1000, I would've expected to be asked a question,'' Earl told Channel Nine's The Footy Show. ''That just shows that people know what was going on … Surely, there should've been a conversation. Did they have a conversation with Dank? You would have to think so.''
Gould maintained that, through the club's investigation after revelations Earl had used peptides, not only was Dank not an official employee but those who were had not been aware of the treatments.
''Nowhere in our records can we find any evidence that Stephen Dank was ever an employee or a paid consultant of the club, or that there were any other commercial dealings between Stephen Dank and the club,'' he said. ''That's to the best of our investigations and they've been fairly thorough.
''The other point he makes is that he believed Penrith must have known what was going on. He doesn't say why they must have known, but he clearly states that he had an agreement with Dank that they wouldn't tell the doctors or staff about this, that people don't understand this sort of treatment, that 'We would go off base to do this'.
''[If what he says is true], it was all a very secretive arrangement. It's hard to say that in one breath, and then turn around and say the club should have known.''
After being given the injections by Cabramatta doctor Ijaz Khan, the Panthers were charged $1160 for 12 treatments, which they paid early last year.
The bill included a $30 injection, but Penrith Panthers Group chief executive Warren Wilson believed there was nothing suspicious about it, given the fact NRL boss Dave Smith informed him a course of peptides would cost more than $10,000.
Gould said nothing about the invoices at the time had aroused suspicion.
''The invoices themselves wouldn't have raised alarm at the time, they weren't for an exorbitant amount of money … it looked in the normal range, they'd gone through Medicare anyway,'' Gould said.
''It just sort of went through the system. We didn't discover it until earlier this year, and, in fact, when we discovered it, the first thing we did was send it off to the NRL integrity unit. When they looked at it, they said, 'It doesn't look all that suspicious because the amounts of money are nowhere in the realm of what we would normally think an illegal program would cost'.''
Dank has continually maintained he has never treated players with banned substances.
The Panthers have changed their rules and medical guidelines and ban players from external treatment without the club doctor's consent.