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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

THE penny may be start­ing to drop for the NRL when it comes to deal­ing with its im­age prob­lem. Well. Sort of. CEO Todd Green­berg’s pro­posal to force clubs to open up their se­cret files on failed drug tests to other clubs is a pos­i­tive — al­beit tiny — step to much-needed trans­parency. It is in­con­ceiv­able that a pro­fes­sional sport still keeps se­cret the iden­ti­ties of play­ers who test pos­i­tive to drugs the first time.

The si­lence is based on a com­pletely ridicu­lous ar­gu­ment the fu­ture of young play­ers shouldn’t be ru­ined by one mis­take. Th­ese play­ers are grown men, not boys. Ev­ery nine-year-old knows not to do drugs — or at least if you do, you get into trou­ble.

If they are old enough to col­lect mas­sive wages and en­joy the priv­i­leges the sport af­fords them, they can abide by the game’s rules all of the time. And weather the pub­lic fall­out if they can­not.

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