Today’s revelation by Warriors and Queensland star player, Steven
Price, that he had a serious gambling problem early in his career will stun the
rugby league world.

But it’s a timely and courageous reality check for the game’s
administrators from one of the most widely respected, and successful, players
of the modern era.

Price’s revelations couldn’t have been better timed, because they will
surely force the NRL to wake up to the reality that excessive gambling by first
grade players is not “isolated.”

Price’s revelations came just two days after Sharks halfback
Michael Sullivan confessed to a massive gambling addiction that had cost him
$150,000, and forced him to look to further his career in England where the
favourable exchange rate will help him repay his massive gambling debts.

When Sullivan revealed his predicament, the NRL response
was a typical denial! No serious gambling problem among players, a one off, not common, was
the kind of language emanating from the NRL headquarters where there must be a
warehouse full of very large brooms and rows of easy to lift carpet!

The full story is on the site here.