Please find below a copy of the statement Damian Keogh released to the media today after a court hearing in which the magistrate decided that no conviction would be recorded against him.
“I deeply regret the embarrassment I have caused, particularly to my family, my employer, my work colleagues, the Cronulla Sharks and the game more broadly. With regards to the Sharks, I have decided to step down entirely from the Board.
"While I am proud of my role in helping restore the fortunes of the club, both on and off the field, I recognise that my on-going involvement with the club at Board level has the potential to be an unnecessary distraction.
"I am pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing and I look forward to devoting my full attention to my work and family."
Sharks Group CEO, Lyall Gorman said; “Damian has made a terrific contribution to our Club. We thank him for his service and wish him every success in the future.”