Sacked Cronulla physiotherapist Konrad Schultz is holding out hope of being reinstated, claiming his reputation has been ”dragged through the mud” for no reason.
Schultz, general manager Darren Mooney, doctor David Givney and trainer Mark Noakes were all sacked for their role in the alleged administering of performance-enhancing substances to Sharks players, while coach Shane Flanagan has been stood down.
Schultz will meet with his legal team on Tuesday to consider his options after his sixth season with the club was abruptly terminated.
”I keep thinking it’s a bad dream and that I’ll wake up and it will be all right,” Schultz told Fairfax Media. ”To tell you the truth, I still want my job back and be reinstated. My name has been dragged through the mud … for no reason that I can see.
”Doc [Givney] and I keep asking ourselves, ‘What could we have done differently? What have we done wrong?’ We’re just really devastated.”
Schultz said ”confusion” and ”sadness” were the overwhelming emotions experienced by his family in the fallout. ”They’re pretty devastated, my wife is pretty angry as well,” he said. ”I’ve got a six, four and two-year old, so they’re wondering why daddy hasn’t got a job, things like that. I didn’t send [the eldest] to school today because the kids might mention it and he doesn’t need to deal with that.”
The Sydney University graduate, who is a member of the NSW Sports Physiotherapy Association Committee, fears he won’t work again in the NRL.
”Definitely. It’s what I love doing, I don’t think you could do it if you didn’t love it,” Schultz said.
”I watched the game with Flanno [on Monday] and it was great to see the boys get up. We still love all the players.
”We’re definitely very proud.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.