Sacked Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold has handed over the names of three Internet Trolls to the NRL Integrity Unit.
The 45-year-old was at the centre of a series of vile online rumours in recent weeks targeting him and his family.
Seibold employed a European cyber-security firm to trace who spread the slanderous claims about his personal life.
Now the tracers are certain they've found those responsible.
Former Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is pictured with his wife in 2018
Seibold gives instructions to his players during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session on July 29
The legal team of the 2018 coach of the year sent a dossier to the NRL which includes the names of three NRL identities in Sydney, according to the Courier Mail.
Although Seibold is against making the names public, if he wishes to take the case further and inform the NSW and Queensland Police, the identities will eventually be made public during court proceedings.
With massive disruption at Red Hill this year and the Broncos in the midst of their worst-ever season, it was widely suspected the source of the rumours were likely from someone within the Brisbane club.
The notion the figures may be at rival clubs in Sydney throws up an obvious suspect.
Seven-time premiership-winning South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett was ousted for the 2019 season to make way for Seibold and the two have enjoyed a fierce rivalry ever since.
Bennett has declined to comment publicly on the matter but has shut down suggestions he is a person of interest. In fact, he doesn’t even use social media.
The ugly legal battle is expected to cost Seibold at least $50,000 but sources say he is prepared to outlay the cash in order to address the defaming accusations.
The 45-year-old has been the target of vile, slanderous and false rumours about his personal life in recent weeks
Seibold has reportedly been in discussions with Newcastle Knights coach Adam O'Brien after the latter offered him an olive branch during the turmoil surrounding his exit from the Brisbane Broncos
Text messages and social media posts began circulating after the $800,000 per year coach