COACHES WON’T BE KEPT IN DARK
CLUBS will request coaches and senior players be made aware of a teammate’s illicit drugs first strike in order to be part of the rehabilitation process.
Under the current illicit drugs policy included in the CBA, a first strike for prohibited drug use is a tightly guarded secret shared only by the player, his club’s CEO and the club’s welfare manager. The Sunday Telegraph understands several leading coaches have contacted the NRL to explain how they could’ve helped their player had they been made aware of a first strike. It’s expected a review of the first-strike policy will be discussed at the CEOs’ conference.