POLICE are ready to start interviewing North Queensland players over rugby league's betting scandal.
Police from Task Force Suburb will arrive in Townsville, possibly next week, to speak with every Cowboys player who played in the controversial round 24 match against Canterbury.
Each player will be asked for a statement and to give their version of the events.
Bookies claimed suspicious betting patterns on North Queensland to be the match's first pointscorer through a penalty goal – generally a friendless betting option.
Police, though, may have a problem with several Cowboys players overseas and others having left the club.
"Police have been in touch with us," North Queensland football manager Peter Parr said.
"They want to speak with everyone who played in that game, from both sides.
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"We just have to find a suitable date given some players are away, and others have gone to other clubs."
Several Canterbury players have already been interviewed but most will speak to police next week.
Bulldogs officials and players have been told by police not to comment publicly.
Canterbury chief executive Todd Greenberg said: "We have been in dialogue with police.
"We have agreed to assist them wherever possible in their investigation."
A source said: "The players aren't obligated to talk.
"The club can't make them do it but the players want to because they have nothing to hide."I doubt this will be finished next week.