More 2011 Sharks seek legal advice

At least two more players from Cronulla's 2011 playing squad have made inquiries about their legal position after the Sharks were fined $1 million, with the NRL claiming the embattled club had exposed players to ''serious health risks''.

Already, former Cronulla pair Isaac Gordon and Josh Cordoba have launched legal action against the club for negligence.

Fairfax Media believes at least two more players who were at the club in 2011 when the supplement program was run by controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank have sought legal advice following the NRL's revelations on Tuesday.

That number could rise further should any players be issued with an infraction notice by ASADA and rubbed out of the game for an extended period for unwittingly taking performance-enhancing drugs at the club's direction in 2011.

The NRL's preliminary findings, which resulted in the fine, a 12-month ban for coach Shane Flanagan and cancelled NRL registration for former trainer Trent Elkin, include that the club:

■ Exposed players to significant potential health risks.

■ Exposed players to possible breaches of the NRL anti-doping rules.

■ Allowed persons without qualifications and training to administer supplements to players.

■ Failed to obtain the fully informed consent of players for the supplements.

■ Failed to ensure compliance with appropriate standards, and safeguard the players' welfare.

■ Failed to take action when it became aware the unsafe practices had been used.

On the first day of his ban, Flanagan met his manager Wayne Beavis and Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce for lunch, along with an unidentified person.

Later, Flanagan was reluctant to talk with the media. ''Mate, I don't mean to be rude, but I'm not talking,'' he said before walking off with Beavis.

Flanagan, who is understood to be exploring his legal options, has until January 15 to appeal against his one-year ban.

The coach has tried to keep a low profile since being informed of his suspension just moments before a Cronulla training session on Tuesday.

Flanagan left Remondis Stadium without addressing the players and it is unclear if he will have an opportunity to do so before the players break for holidays.

The Cronulla board will meet on Thursday night to consider its position.

On Wednesday, the club closed ranks, with the players refusing to comment before or after training under assistant coach Peter Sharp in what was believed to be their final field session of the year.

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