Sharks not privy to ASADA-players talks
A Cronulla insider claims the NRL club is not privy to any deals being negotiated between ASADA and Sharks players suspected of taking banned substances.
The emotion-charge fervour of Sunday night's 12-10 win over Gold Coast made way for the reality of a club in crisis on Monday.
Players turning up for Monday's recovery session were again met by waiting media, as attention turned back to the 2011 squad members still facing bans.
As many as 14 Sharks players are in the sights of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in an investigation which could last for another four weeks.
But a club insider claimed the Sharks were not part of talks between players and ASADA - with players and legal representatives provided by the club involved in negotiations.
Players are also free to seek their own legal advice away from that appointed by the club.
It has been reported players have been offered six-month deals for co-operating with ASADA and admitting to using banned substances.
While the Sharks overcame a traumatic week to beat the Titans - a victory the players dedicated to stood-down coach Shane Flanagan and the four sacked staff members - star pivot Todd Carney warned the side could not continue to rely on emotion to carry them through.
''It's all emotional and the thing is for us we can't rely on emotion for the rest of the year and that's why we want it resolved as soon as possible,'' Carney said.
''So hopefully it does happen sooner rather than later and we can get back to seeing headlines of players performing on the field and not all this stuff tarnishing it.''
Meanwhile, chairman Damian Irvine is believed to be standing firm amid speculation he will stand down from his role.
Irvine became public enemy No.1 among Sharks fans on Sunday after accusing the popular Flanagan of covering up allegations players were injected with substances designed for horses in 2011.Flanagan only added to the 'me or him' scenario when he continued to refute the allegations.
''I don't know where he (Irvine) gets it from ... time will tell and he'll be proven wrong,'' Flanagan said.
''Our strength and condition coach at the time Trent Elkin was put in a role to control those supplements and to this moment I still trust Trent.
''He's a reliable and a good person and he'd never put any player at risk.''
Rumours continued to spread on Monday about the drugs scandal at other clubs named in the Australian Crime Commission report being worse than that at the Sharks.
Essendon midfielder Brent Stanton said there was reason for optimism at the AFL club that the Bombers' front-foot approach would not result in the same fallout as at Cronulla.
''We opened up our doors to be investigated,'' Stanton said.