Steve Matai of the Sea Eagles celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on March 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.
Steve Matai of the Sea Eagles celebrates with team mates after scoring a try during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on March 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images

Manly quashes rumours players are involved in drugs probe

MANLY has been quick to hose down suggestions that three of its players were being investigated by anti-doping officials for allegedly taking the performance-enhancing peptide, CJC-1295.

Following reports that emerged yesterday, the club issued a statement that included the following:

"The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have received no formal request from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to interview players," the statement said.

"The club reiterates its complete faith in the programs and procedures in place during the period ASADA is investigating in rugby league."

But speculation mounted yesterday that the three players in question may have sourced the drug without the club's knowledge.

Manly takes on Newcastle on Sunday and the Knights received a boost ahead of the mouth-watering clash with news that left winger James McManus, who ran in a double against West Tigers had re-signed for another three seasons.

The Broncos also had some good news with enforcer David Hala to return from a torn patella for Redcliffe against Wynnum-Manly on Sunday.


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