COACH POURS COLD WA­TER ON BREACH AL­LE­GA­TIONS Green has faith club is in clear

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

COWBOYS coach Paul Green didn’t shy away from ques­tions about al­le­ga­tions of salary cap breaches yesterday, say­ing he had full faith in North Queens­land’s lead­er­ship and had seen noth­ing in his time at the club that made him worry.

Green ad­dressed the media as sched­uled at 1pm yesterday to an­nounce his team for Satur­day’s NRL clash against the Can­berra Raiders at 1300SMILES Sta­dium – and it was only then he was made aware of the story pub­lished online by Fair­fax Media.

He asked for 10 min­utes to read the ar­ti­cle con­tain­ing the al­le­ga­tions and con­sider his re­sponse be­fore re­turn­ing.

When asked about the al­le­ga­tions, Green asked to speak about his NRL side first be­fore field­ing any other ques­tions.

“I thought we should dis­cuss the team first, that’s what this press con­fer­ence is nor­mally about so let’s get that out of the way first,” Green said.

Af­ter three min­utes of talk about Justin O’Neill re­quir­ing scans on his right knee, the strengths of the Raiders and the sig­nif­i­cance of Matt Scott be­com­ing the fifth player to rep­re­sent the Cowboys in 200 NRL games on Satur­day,

I’m not go­ing to com­ment about ru­mours, there are a mil­lion ru­mours in rugby league

Green took al­most four min­utes of ques­tions about al­le­ga­tions his play­ers ac­quired prop­er­ties from club chair­man Lau­rence Lancini in al­leged breaches of salary cap rules.

He pro­vided an­swers for ev­ery ques­tion, re­sponded frankly and at length while not delv­ing into hy­po­thet­i­cals.

It was strong lead­er­ship from the Cowboys coach, who is con­fi­dent the club has noth­ing to hide and that the al­le­ga­tions wouldn’t de­rail North Queens­land’s run to­wards a best- ever NRL fin­ish.

Ru­mours about a pos­si­ble salary cap breach had been cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial media for sev­eral days, but the coach said he wasn’t go­ing to get dragged down by them.

“I’m not go­ing to com­ment about ru­mours,’’ Green said.

“There are no se­crets in league so if you start wor­ry­ing what ru­mours are say­ing you’ll waste a lot of energy.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

NO WOR­RIES: Cowboys coach Paul Green ( right) is un­trou­bled by ac­cu­sa­tions against Johnathan Thurston and other NQ play­ers.

COWBOYS COACH PAUL GREEN

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