Cronulla are yet to give the NRL any official indication whether they will appeal the $1 million fine handed down over the ASADA scandal.
Last month the Sharks were hit with the hefty fine after the game’s governing body completed its review into governance issues at Cronulla in 2010 and 2011.
Coach Shane Flanagan was hit with a 12-month ban and former Sharks trainer Trent Elkin, now with Parramatta, was suspended for two years.
Flanagan, Elkin and Cronulla were initially given until January 15 to respond, before the deadline was extended to January 29.
Sharks skipper Paul Gallen told AAP last week that Flanagan will appeal his ban but NRL head of football Todd Greenberg said on Wednesday the NRL did not know which way the club was likely to lean on the issue.
“I don’t have any information other than we have extended their timeline, and we will wait for them to put their documents in,” Greenberg said at promotion for the Auckland Nines.
The former Canterbury boss stressed the NRL wasn’t concerned about the ongoing issue leaving a black mark across another rugby league season.
“I don’t think we can worry about that (a drawn out process),” Greenberg said
“What we have to do is give them the opportunity to finish this process, and to give them that opportunity fairly and that is what we are going to do.”
Last month the NRL said their preliminary findings had “identified serious failures on the part of the club (Cronulla) and certain individuals who had a responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of its players”.
Under the breach notice issued to Cronulla, $400,000 of the fine would be suspended subject to “a number of conditions including completion of an independent governance review and further governance changes”.
Flanagan’s suspension could be cut to nine months if he undergoes education and training as specified by the NRL.
Appeals by Cronulla and Flanagan would eliminate those options.