Penrith?s Gower looks at legal options



BESIEGED Australian halfback Craig Gower is considering legal action over allegations that he groped rugby league legend Wayne Pearce's daughter at a Sunshine Coast charity event. The Penrith skipper is "quite upset'' about various claims that have emerged after his appearance at this week's Jack Newton Celebrity Golf Classic at Peregian Waters.

Penrith chief executive Glenn Matthews said yesterday he had spoken to Gower and the "very concerned'' Panthers No. 7 was considering his legal options.

"I know he has appointed a solicitor. He is quite upset about some of the things being said,'' he said. "I spoke to him briefly yesterday. We did not discuss any details but he believes things have been blown out of proportion.

"He's not feeling very well. He is quite concerned. "It's probably a natural reaction when you see things said about you.

"I think some of it is certainly not true. It's not very nice what is being alleged.''

Panthers football manager Mick Leary and operations chief Peter Mulholland flew back from Maroochydore to Sydney last night after speaking with the holidaying Pearce family as part of an investigation that will not be completed until the New Year.

"We are gathering all the information and once we have done that we will sit down and talk with Craig again,'' Matthews said.



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