NRL: Cronulla faces legal action from former players

Nathan Gardner of the Sharks runs the ball during a game 2012. Photo / Getty Images
Nathan Gardner of the Sharks runs the ball during a game 2012. Photo / Getty Images

Cronulla's fairytale NRL season is set to be overshadowed by legal action facing the club from 10 former players.

News Corp Australia reports Nathan Gardner, Stewart Mills and Stuart Flanagan have followed the lead of Ben Pomeroy, Albert Kelly, Dean Collis, Broderick Wright, Josh Cordoba, Isaac Gordon and Paul Aiton in engaging lawyers to take action in relation to the controversial supplements program during the 2011 season.

The players are suing for negligence, breach of contract and intentional tort.

The matter is listed for directions in the Sydney district court on August 22.

Gardner was one of 10 players to accept an ASADA deal of a backdated 12-month ban in 2014 alongside Kelly.

Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen and current Sharks player Wade Graham, plus Luke Douglas, Kade Snowden, Jeremy Smith, Matt Wright, Anthony Tupou and John Morris also accepted backdated bans in 2014.

The players accepted that they were unknowingly and unwittingly injected with banned substances.

Current coach Shane Flanagan was stood down by the NRL for a full season in 2014 for failing to safeguard the health and well being of Cronulla players.

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