Posted: 5 March, 2014
Trent Elkin has been deregistered following Sharks supplements saga
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Parramatta Eels have released a statement following Trent Elkin's deregistration today following the NRL's findings into the Sharks supplements saga, which relates to the time he spent with Cronulla in 2011 as their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Elkin joined the Eels at the start of the 2013.
Parramatta Eels Official Statement
Today the Parramatta Eels have been informed of the NRL’s final ruling in relation to the club’s Head of Physical Performance Trent Elkin following an investigation into the 2011 supplement program at Elkin’s former club, the Cronulla Sharks.
The NRL has cancelled the registration of Mr. Elkin, effective immediately. The club has always maintained its focus has been on the welfare of Mr. Elkin and his family during this difficult time.
It is important to note that Mr. Elkin’s conduct at the Parramatta club was professional and in line with NRL policies and guidelines during his time here.
The club will make no further comment at this time.
Reasons Behind Trent Elkin Suspension
- Exposed players to significant potential risks to health
- Exposed players to possible breaches of the NRL Anti-Doping Rules
- Allowed persons without the necessary qualifications and training to administer supplements by injection
- Personally injected players without adequate qualifications and training to do so
- Failed to obtain the fully informed consent of players to the administration of particular supplements
- Failed to comply with his obligation to inform the Club Doctor about changes that had been made to the supplement program and to obtain his prior approval with respect to those changes
- Misrepresented material facts to players in relation to the supplement program
- Failed to comply with a protocol that had been agreed on 7 April 2011 to the effect that the prior approval of the Club Doctor be obtained with respect to any supplements that were intended to be administered to players
Parramatta has said the club’s primary focus is the welfare of Trent and his family during this difficult time.
Trent Elkin's name has been buzzing around in media reports on ASADA's investigation into drugs in sport, which relates to the time he spent with the Sharks in 2011 as their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Elkin joined the Eels at the start of this season.
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Trent Elkin's name has been buzzing around in media reports on ASADA's investigation into drugs in sport, which relates to the time he spent with the Sharks in 2011 as their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
As a result, Elkin, who joined the Eels at the start of this season, has released the following statement.
“The last few weeks have been traumatic for my family and I and for many people at Cronulla. I am feeling very sad and distressed for the players and staff who are currently caught up in this.
"All I and they can hope for is a quick resolution to this matter for the sake of the individuals affected and the game as a whole.”
“On the advice of my legal team, I have provided ASADA officials with a statement as part of their investigation and gave an honest account of the period in question.
"I have never condoned the use of performance enhancing drugs and I have not ever knowingly worked with anyone who did.”
Furthermore, Trent Elkin refutes:
1. Reports that he was involved in a confrontation with Cronulla Sharks players at his home.
2. Claims he made repeated efforts to keep Cronulla team doctor David Givney away from Stephen Dank.
3. Suggestions he concealed information on the Sharks supplement program from Dr David Givney.
4. Allegations he told Dr David Givney to “piss off” during a conversation about Stephen Dank.
5. Claims he hid vials behind his back to avoid TV Cameras.
6. Claims he managed any administration of Warfarin or drugs otherwise used on horses.
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