Penrith Panthers Executive General Manager Football Phil Gould, would like to put forward the following statement.
“Just to inform you that I represented the Penrith Panthers at a meeting in the city today, chaired by Mr Tony Whitlam QC, to be briefed by ASADA.
“Having sat through this meeting, and later being briefed personally by the ASADA representatives, I have a better understanding of the issues involved, and the process that ASADA will go through to resolve the matters presented to them.
“Panthers totally support ASADA’s investigations. We believe this will be a long process, but I’m confident in the end, once resolved, our game will be all the better for it.
“I understand the frustration that everyone must feel, with so little detail and explanation available. But, having met with ASADA today, I totally understand the process in place, and the need for confidentiality
“In the meantime, Panthers continues its preparation for the 2013 season, and I look forward to a bright future for this club.”