Broncos, Queensland, Kangaroos player has a 'major drug problem' By Dean Ritchie, Karl deKroo and Brent Read August 03, 2009 The NRL will investigate claims a Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australia player has a major drug problem. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, he is clean. I'd put my house on it.Ã¢Â€Â Ã¢Â€Â“ Bruno Cullen The Brisbane Broncos chief executive was adamant when informed of the suspect player's identity that the player was innocent. The player's club and teammates are aware of his drug problem but have failed to act for fear of a drug scandal that could further derail their finals push, The Sunday Telegraph reported. The player's behaviour has been erratic in recent months, with comparisons made to the drug problem Andrew Johns endured for 12 years. NRL chief executive David Gallop would not comment when asked whether he would ask Brisbane for the player's test results or how many times he had been tested. "I've spoken to the journalist and he has given me the name of the player and I have contacted the CEO of the club he plays for," Gallop said. "Obviously there will be some steps taken to look into the matter. "Clearly that is all I can say about the matter at this stage. "The league and clubs have random and targeted tests available for them." Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen, meanwhile, said the club's drug policy and testing procedures were stringent and regular. "We not only conduct random tests but we also target-test players," Cullen said. "We are not sounding holier than thou but we do more drug tests than any other club. "The minimum is 70 tests a year - we do 300. That is something we did before the minimum came in. "Two or three times a year we drug test the entire squad. That's 75 tests alone. "If the players have a 10-day break between games and they have been partying, we will test up to a dozen of them when they return to training." Cullen said the tests were carried out by an independent company, and that his club did not interfere in the results. "We don't influence them," he said. Told of the player's identity, Cullen said: "No, he is clean. I'd put my house on it. He is tested regularly." Under NRL regulations, league officials have the power to target-test players believed to be using recreational drugs. The game also has a comprehensive in-house testing regime that involves all its clubs. The NRL's two-strikes policy caters for anonymity should a player fail an initial test, but a second positive result allows for the player to be named and shamed. The player then receives an automatic 12-match suspension, although the club also has the option to terminate the player's contract. Clubs are required to do a minimum number of tests each season, but some clubs have introduced their own procedures, which are more stringent. Brisbane have a 24-7 testing regime while Gold Coast Titans have adopted a one-strike policy, meaning that any Titans player who returns a positive test is sacked immediately. The NRL in-house policy operates on condition of strict anonymity. Unlike the AFL, the NRL provides no evidence of the number of tests conducted by clubs or the number of positive results returned each year. As such, the only players to fail drug tests and be named this season have been those caught in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency web. The highest-profile of those players was Cronulla's Reni Maitua, who received a two-year ban for returning a positive test to clenbuterol. The latest allegations are understood to involve a player who has been regularly tested in recent years, and who has never returned a positive result. That aside, the allegations have the potential to cause major disruption for the NRL in the lead-up to the finals. The latest drama to hit the NRL comes as the game recovers from allegations that some Queensland players consumed a mixture of Stilnox and Red Bull in the lead-up to Origin III, a cocktail that simulates the effects of cocaine or ecstasy. The Queensland Rugby League has been heavily criticised for its farcical investigation into the claims. The Australian Rugby League will today receive a copy of the QRL report into the Maroons' Origin III camp. The ARL has reserved its judgment on the issue pending a review of the QRL's investigation into allegations players dabbled with Stilnox and drank excessively in the lead-up to their loss to NSW in the third and final game in Brisbane. The QRL has already confirmed that two players breached curfew while in camp, and were subsequently reprimanded, but the QRL has been criticised for its lackadaisical attitude to the investigation, which soured the Maroons' historic fourth consecutive series win. News Limited newspapers ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Was gonna post this as an article Dan, but having PC issues so this way was easier Can anybody remember that a member of this forum saw a Brisbane player a few years back involved in a drug deal ????