Wright to miss rest of 2014 season
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys outside back Matthew Wright has today accepted an offer from ASADA following their investigations into the Cronulla club’s 2011 season.
The decision means Wright will be suspended immediately until 23 November 2014.
“In accepting the offer today, it was agreed that Matthew did not knowingly or deliberately take any substance that was in contradiction with the WADA code,” Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain said.
“He was advised through that period in 2011 that he wasn’t taking any substance that was illegal.
“It’s very disappointing for Matthew, and the Cowboys, that he will now miss out on the possibility of playing in a finals series in his first year in North Queensland and the chance to play for Samoa in the Four Nations later this season.
“Matthew has been outstanding for us this season and we will welcome him back to pre-season training once his suspension has been served.
“In the meantime, the Cowboys will continue to offer every support possible for Matthew as he comes to terms with what has happened this week.”
As Wright will not be available to play for the Cowboys against South Sydney on Saturday night, a replacement will be required in the backline with a decision not expected to be made until tomorrow.