Melbourne Storm CEO, Frank Stanton, this afternoon addressed the
AAMI Park and issued the following statement:
has clearly been another difficult day for everyone involved with
Storm accepts the findings of the Deloitte forensic investigation,
was requisitioned by the club's owner, News Limited.
the exception of those few individuals named in the report, we are
that there was no evidence that the remaining staff, including Head
Craig Bellamy and Football Manager Frank Ponissi, were involved in
there was no evidence that players were aware that payments made to
were not disclosed to the NRL or could have contributed to the club
breaching the salary cap.
club can do nothing to change the past and we deeply regret what has
occurred. What we will do from this point on is to focus on the
work tirelessly to rebuild this great club.
Melbourne Storm Board has today been restructured by the owners to
that, with the assistance of the NRL, we can field a competitive
2011 that complies with salary cap requirements.
CEO will be appointed shortly and with that we can then focus on
our sponsor base and our standing in the Melbourne and Australian
applaud the professionalism our players and staff have shown during
can I also express our deepest appreciation to our existing
well as our members and supporters, we are all extremely grateful
loyalty and ongoing support, and we have the utmost confidence in
future of this great club.