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Manly vindicated by NRL findings

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

SYDNEY - Having been cleared of any wrongdoing by the NRL in relation to drugs in sport scandal, Manly say their overwhelming feeling isn't vindication — but rather sorrow for the sad state of affairs gripping Cronulla.

The head of the Sea Eagles' supplement program, strength and conditioning coach Don Singe, said it was obvious that a club's first priority was to look after its players.

However, he was reluctant to judge the Sharks for their alleged indiscretions.

Manly were one of six clubs who were the focus of the drugs in sport investigation, and like the Sharks, were linked to past dealings with sports scientist Stephen Dank and supplement salesman Darren Hibbert.

The Sea Eagles maintained their innocence throughout the saga, with Singe vigorously defending his reputation.

The NRL's confirmation on Tuesday that the Sharks are the only club in their sights, has allowed Singe and the rest of Manly's staff to get on with business.

Former Cronulla strength and conditioner Trent Elkin's provisional de-registration by the NRL for failing in his duty of care during 2011, highlights the level of trust players put into those in charge of supplement programs.

Singe said the Sea Eagles have always maintained a transparent and diligent approach to their football department, under former coach Des Hasler and current boss Geoff Toovey.