The Daily Telegraph has reported that two unnamed Sydney Roosters players are set to receive letters from ASADA seeking interviews in the wake of former Roosters, Panthers and Raiders winger Sandor Earl’s interviews with the anti-doping body.
Earl faces a four-year ban for using and trafficking the banned peptide CJC-1295 among others, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, but is looking to get the punishment slashed to 12 months for “providing substantial assistance” to the ASADA investigation.
Well, if the Telegraph is anything to go by, that special assistance included discussions on two Roosters players:
SYDNEY Roosters are about to be dragged into the NRL’s doping investigations, with two players poised to be interviewed by anti-doping authorities.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the pair are about to receive letters requesting they attend interviews in the coming weeks.
It’s believed the Roosters players’ names came up following the charging of Canberra star, Sandor Earl. Already, the exhaustive investigation has included interviews with more than 40 officials and players from Newcastle, Manly and the Cronulla Sharks.
The NRL refused to comment on the new developments on Friday and would not confirm the names of either Roosters player. We understand, however, that trafficking allegations are part of the investigation.
The speculation that the Roosters would be implicated on NRL360 on Thursday when Paul Kent revealed that a club which had previously not been named was about to be brought into the saga.
Sandor Earl, however, had this to tweet following the Kent revelations:
Earl began his NRL career with the Roosters, coming through the ranks as a junior with the Paddo Tigers to play three games of first grade in 2009, the year the club won the wooden spoon.
He then moved to Penrith and played 16 games for the Panthers from 2010-2012, before leaving the club mid-2012 to sign on with the Raiders. It was there he made a name for himself, scoring 17 tries in 29 games since then before being stood down for the ASADA charges.
Earl is set for a pay-day after signing on for a paid interview with Channel Nine to “break his silence” on The Footy Show this coming Thursday, and is the first player from either the AFL or NRL to be officially named.