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Sharks' Ryan calls for dopers to be named
Steve Jancetic
22:30 AEST Fri Feb 8 2013

Cronulla winger Beau Ryan wants those involved in the doping scandal gripping Australian sport to either come clean or be named as the pall of illegal drug use hovers over every participant.

More known for his lighter take on life as part-footballer, part-television personality, Ryan took a very serious tone in addressing an issue that has engulfed not only the NRL, but other major sporting codes in Australia.

With little specific information given away about those involved in the Australian Crime Commission's report which revealed widespread drug use and links to organised crime and match-fixing, Ryan said it was time for the innocent to be spared.

"I think it would be good for the people involved either to come forward or be named because it leaves a lot of pressure on the clubs," Ryan said.

"I think the people, the fans the media want to know, they probably should do the right thing and come out."

While Ryan said he never had any concerns over his own possible involvement, Manly prop Brent Kite revealed he sought out assurances from Sea Eagles trainer Don Singe over supplements he had used.

The Sea Eagles have become embroiled in the scandal through their association with sports scientist Stephen Dank, who worked at the club from 2006-10 before linking up with AFL club Essendon.

The Bombers this week revealed they had asked ASADA and the AFL integrity unit to look into their use of supplements under Dank's watch in 2012.

"Personally, I spoke to Donny Singe and he was pretty happy," Kite said. "He had a keen role in overseeing anything the boys were taking. I'm really confident in Donny.

"I can only speak for myself, but I'm pretty confident with what I've put into my body."

Ryan, who played his first game for Cronulla in Friday night's 24-12 win over Manly at Brookvale Oval, said he did not know of any issues with illegal supplements either at the Sharks or his former club Wests Tigers.

Though he did show alarm at some of the alleged practices at Essendon.

"It is disappointing to see it come out in sport," Ryan said.

"I think with Essendon, when you get (players) to sign waivers having supplements (as has been reported), you've got a bit of a problem there."

Ryan scored a try with his second touch of the ball for his new club, with both coaches waiting until the second 40 minutes to run out the majority of their first choice players.

Both clubs were well short of full-strength due to injury and All-Star commitments, though Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey would have been happy with the way his first team regulars took the second half 8-4 after trailing 20-4 at halftime.


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