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We have nothing to hide, say Roosters

Two days before their NRL preliminary final, the Sydney Roosters claim they have nothing to hide after reports the club sacked a sports nutrition company after six players returned blood tests with elevated readings for Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
We have nothing to hide, say Roosters
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Sept 26 AAP - Two days before their NRL preliminary final, the Sydney Roosters claim they have nothing to hide after reports the club sacked a sports nutrition company after six players returned blood tests with elevated readings for Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

Fairfax Media reported details of the players' blood test results were found on the phone of an organised crime figure after being seized by law enforcement officers.

The firm, Nubodi, was hired by the club last year in an attempt to finetune detox diets.

Boyd Cordner, Sam Moa and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck were three players named in the report who had elevated HGH levels.

The trio were later re-tested by the club, with those blood tests not returning elevated levels of HGH and there is no suggestion any player acted improperly.

"As is the case with all clubs, players have been regularly and extensively tested throughout the season by ASADA and the club has fully cooperated with the organisation's routine tests," a club statement said.

"In relation to matters raised in the media today, there has been full voluntary disclosure with the NRL's Integrity Unit over many months and the club has not been contacted by ASADA.

"We reinforce that the club maintains the absolute highest standards in its own policies and governance and, as a club, we have nothing to hide."

The Roosters, who finished the season as minor premiers and are favourites to take out the premiership in a fortnight, informed the integrity unit of the unusual test results midway through this season.

Sean Carolan, who runs Nubodi, denied the inconsistent growth hormones among some tested players was a result of taking illegal supplements.

HGH is banned by ASADA as it is used to strengthen connective tissue which reduces the probability of injury.

The Roosters face Newcastle on Saturday night in a preliminary final, with the winner to progress to the grand final on October 6.


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