Bennett says Knights players have nothing to hide from ACC

Wayne Bennett.
Wayne Bennett. Rob Williams

PATIENCE is wearing thin among the NRL clubs involved in the Australian Crime Commission's report into the use of performance enhancing drugs.

Six clubs have been named by the ACC in its report into the use of banned substances - Cronulla, Manly, Canberra, Penrith, Newcastle and North Queensland.

CEO David Smith said the NRL does not have permission to go into any further detail as those six clubs nervously wait what consequences they could face.

This caused an outcry from Knights coach Wayne Bennett.

"We've just been told we're one of the clubs, and we know no more than that," he said.

"Under the Hunter Sports regime, there's nothing to hide here. They want us to confess to something, but I've been racking my head on what we can confess to.

"I've been through all my staff, checked with all the players. Whatever they're looking for, it hasn't happened here in the last 18 months. After that I've got no idea."

Despite Bennett's vehement refusal that nothing untoward has happened at his club, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy is still pleading with clubs to come forward and continue assisting the ACC with its investigations.

"I think it's been frustrating for everybody, and that's one of the reasons why the Australian Crime Commission has been working so hard with the players to enable information to get into the public domain," she said.

"Let's remember, it is in the hands of each club who believes it may have a problem, to put their hands up and be part of the solution."

Panthers captain Kevin Kingston echoed Bennett's views and won't be one putting up his hand, indicating he too holds no nerves for any of his players in taking banned substances.

"I've never been worried. I've got full faith in our staff. Hard work - that's our only supplement," he said.

Meanwhile, the clubs named were briefed by ASADA yesterday.

Panthers general manager Phil Gould emerged from one of the meetings and conceded the investigations are going to take time and his club will be keen to assist in them.

He denied to say whether the meeting nominated any individual players or coaches.

However, ASADA earlier said they would not be revealing specific details to clubs.

"This briefing will not name players, but rather describe to clubs the investigation process ASADA will follow," ASADA said in a statement.

Bennett said his club is being investigated for possible performance enhancing drugs breaches going back as far as 2005.

But under his watch last season and this pre-season, he said the Knights' supplements program has been strictly monitored.

"We have a policy here where they can't even take Red Bull, they can't have caffeine before games. It just doesn't happen in this club," he said.

"This just can't keep going on, it's nearly a week-old now and we've still got not one bit of information about what we've got to confess to. It's just weird, absolutely."

Topics:  acc crime drugs editors picks manly sea eagles nrl rugby league sports

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Federal grant keeps NORPA telling our local stories

ANNOUNCEMENT: NORPA's Producer Marisa Snow, Artistic Director Julian Louis, General Manager Patrick Healy, Chair David Wolff, with Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Arts company granted almost $400,00 over two years

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse

A beast in the main arena at the 2012 Ekka.

Police praise boy for testimony of man's abuse and sex with a cow

DPI puts Dolphin Marine Magic 'all but out of business'

A battle over seal enclosures at Dolphin Marine Magic threatens the facility's ability to stay open, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser warns.

DPI crackdown a threat to Dolphin Marine Magic, warns MP

Local Partners

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

REVIEW: Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead disgusted me

I'm disgusted by The Walking Dead premiere.

SPOILERS: The Walking Dead premiere disgusted me.

Flick teases intense and entertaining Survivor grand final

Felicity 'Flick' Eggington in a scene from the TV series Australian Survivor.

GOLD Coaster's elimination leaves Lee, El and Kristie in final three

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals