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In response to the NRL’s ruling on Jordan McLean this morning, Melbourne Storm CEO, Mark Evans, said: “I speak on behalf of the entire Melbourne Storm organisation in expressing our support of the NRL’s handling of this extremely sensitive matter, including the delay of the hearing.”

“We understand that there are exceptional and extremely unfortunate circumstances involved here and we join everyone in rugby league in wishing Alex McKinnon a full recovery.

“Alex’s health and welfare is the most important consideration and should be the rugby league community’s main priority. But, at the same time, we also have a duty of care to Jordan, which is why we sought leave from the NRL Judiciary Chairman on the grounds of player welfare and natural justice.”