Elkin confronted by a three Sharks stars.
Paul Gallen, Ben Pomeroy and John Morris have confronted the former head conditioner of the Cronulla Sharks at his home, over the ASADA investigation currently engulfing the club, reports Fox Sports.
Before moving to the Parramatta Eels, Trent Elkin was head conditioner at the Cronulla Sharks during the period under investigation by Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
The players were reportedly demanding Elkin explain his level of involvement with the ASADA investigation, after it was revealed there is a whistle-blower who has detailed the exact nature of the peptide-based supplements the club used.
While Elkin was still employed at the Sharks, sports scientist Stephen Dank was hired for an 11-week period before club doctor David Giveny intervened and terminated his involvement with the club.
ASADA are currently investigating players who were supplied peptides by Dank both during his time with the club and at Dank’s Bankstown practice after his termination.
It is believed that Elkin is the key source detailing the use of peptides in the club during Danks employment.
In response to the investigation former ASADA senior counsel Richard Redman has been hired by the Sharks in an advisory role. Redman has encouraged players under investigation to accept guilty pleas and six-month suspensions, rather than face a possible two-year suspension if found guilty by the ASADA investigation.
It is understood that Gallen, Pomeroy and Morris are not among the players under investigation for continuing involvement with Dank after his termination from the Sharks.
Despite the turmoil surrounding the club and players, the NRL has announced that the Sharks match against Gold Coast Titans will go ahead as planned.
“With the season kick-off just hours away we accept that the ongoing speculation around the ASADA investigation is causing incredible uncertainty for many in the game, particularly right now for Cronulla and its fans,” said NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith.