Three Manly players have become ASADA’s next targets.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has announced that three Manly Sea Eagles players have been questioned over the use of banned performance-enhancing peptide CJC-1295.
The trio were not named but ASADA told the Manly club they had evidence to suggest that the players in question had sought out the banned substance outside of the club, reports news.com.
ASADA has offered players a 6-month ban if they plead guilty and provide ‘substantial assistance’ to the investigation. For their cooperation the players would avoid a potential 2-year ban if they were found guilty of participating in the practice of using banned substances.
The three Manly players have been singled out because they allegedly sought out the illegal peptide from the private practice of sports scientist Stephen Dank.
Dank is currently at the centre of the ASADA investigations of NRL players and clubs, claiming he was the provider of illegal substances to players.
Dank has maintained his innocence despite the ASADA allegations against him. The sport scientist was employed at the Sea Eagles for a number of years.
It is believed ASADA will turn to Manly once they are done with their investigation of the Cronulla Sharks, who employed Dank for a short 6-week period before he was removed from staff.
Fourteen Cronulla players are alleged to have been supplied illegal substances by Dank, with some of those players seeking out his private practice outside of the club.