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Toovey confirms ASADA letter

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Ian McCullough

Frustrated: Manly coah Geoff Toovey.

Frustrated: Manly coah Geoff Toovey. Photo: Brendan Esposito

SYDNEY: Manly coach Geoff Toovey has confirmed he's received a letter from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) but expressed his frustration at the information being leaked.

ASADA have requested to speak to Toovey as part of their probe into the use of prohibited substances.

Central to the investigation is sports scientist Stephen Dank, who was employed by Manly and Cronulla.

Toovey said he has no problem with the request and said there is nothing to hide.

"I'm a little bit disappointed that the information got out there so quick," Toovey said.

"I received a letter and people were ringing me half an hour later.

"That's disappointing but there's a process and we'll follow it through and see some results from it.

"There's definitely nothing to hide here at Manly, we've already been cleared of that.

"They're doing a thorough investigation so I have no problems with the whole thing. We'll move on and go about our business."

Toovey said he felt sympathy for the Sharks players who are trying to prepare for games while having daily meetings with lawyers.

But he said the situation could also galvanise team.

"Obviously it's been a tough time for Cronulla but in adversity football teams seem to rise above that and I'm sure Cronulla will do the same thing."

AAP

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