Panthers Star On Provisional Suspension After NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy Confirmed Cocaine Use

Brent Naden, a Panthers star, has been given a provisional suspension under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy, as he had been found positive in an A-sample for metabolites of cocaine.

This was after a test was conducted post-grand final after Panthers loss Storm. In a statement provided by the NRL upon provisionally suspending the athlete, they revealed: “Mr Naden is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.”

Provided that the NRL is under the agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), cocaine is prohibited In-competition.

This was not a surprise though, as Naden had recently checked himself into a rehabilitation facility to seek help with “a number of personal issues”. Fortunately, the Panthers had been very supportive with Naden as he battles with a number of off-field problems and acknowledged the NRL’s provisional suspension on Tuesday.

“Penrith Panthers acknowledges the provisional suspension handed down to player Brent Naden after he returned a positive test for a recreational drug,” A Panthers club statement read.

The statement added that after the 2020 NRL Grand Finals, Naden had approached the club to seek help with a number of personal issues. Consequently, he admitted he has been using a recreational drug.

NRL Alert: Storm as CEO resigns!

If there was an ideal time to exit and resign, post winning the NRL Premiership is almost perfect. Dave Donaghy the Storm CEO has held the role since 2015 and as with the high esteem the team, Club and Model of Melbourne Storm is extremely sought after. Donaghy who came from the AFL with the Brisbane Lions is now firmly entrenched in the NRL system, as it’s the Bronco’s that have chased their man and secured him.

“In 2015 we appointed him as a young CEO” said the Storm Chairman, Matt Tripp, whilst the knowledge level gained in the AFL system must be seen as massive advantage, Dave was always seen as his own highly skilled man. In the year 2020 when virtually everything that could be has been thrown at the major sporting codes Dave’s leadership has shone through as growing the Club in this midst is an incredible achievement.

The Storm Club has always withstood change, adapted and come out on top by selecting quality people and the search for a person to fill this position will start again. The Club is said to be looking both internally and externally for that role to be filled. Does this mean a step up for a an existing Club person? Only time will tell, but our tip is yes.