The National Rugby League has expressed a level of surprise at the speed with which the Sydney Roosters have reacted to the NRL report into the Melbourne Storm.

In relation to statements from the Roosters about the lack of any recommendation in relation to former Melbourne Storm recruitment officer Peter O’Sullivan, NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, has made the following points:

“On legal advice there is no specific recommendation in relation to Peter O’Sullivan, just as we have not recommended the two former financial controllers be sacked by their current employers,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“The findings in the report relate to activities at the Storm and each party is now under an employment contract with another party.

“However, in relation to Mr O’Sullivan, that should not be taken to be the end of the issue.

“The report discloses serious and persistent past misconduct on his part and it would seem that he had not informed the Roosters of that at the time they employed him.

“We expect the Roosters to discuss with the NRL this employee’s future once they have digested the report. The findings against him are serious and cannot be ignored.”