players banned for doping - 12th January 2016
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chief executive Gillon McLachlan believes Essendon
will overcome the devastating impact of doping bans,
announcing plans to allow the besieged club to bring
in new players.
will be permitted to top up their depleted AFL list
with 10 additional players in 2016 to help cover for
the 12 who were hit with one-year bans for violating
Bombers will also be allowed to promote their five
rookie-listed players to their senior list.
Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick says the players,
including captain Jobe Watson, were hit with a 'very
harsh punishment' by the Court of Arbitration for
Sport on Tuesday.
said Essendon had paid 'a very high price' and the
league was suffering through 'a very dark period'.
both he and McLachlan said the club had the history
and support to rebuild and prosper.
has been a sorry stain on our game but it will not
define the Essendon Football Club or our game,' he
will be weakened, no doubt about that, but it is a
huge club, it is over 140 years old and the supporters
is a marker for the Essendon Football Club.
they are contesting for the eight in 2017 or whether
they are going to go through a long tough period will
be defined by the decisions made by people at the
club but also around the club and others over the
next weeks and months.
is a huge test for the leadership of the club, it
is a huge test for our industry, but I'm confident
with good decision-making that it won't be something
that hangs around for a decade.'
said the Commission met on Tuesday morning after the
CAS decision and agreed on top-up players for the
must be allowed to field a competitive team,' he said.
rules around replacement players are necessary for
the club to be able to field a side around these doping
said he expected most of the 10 additional players
would be players from the AFL system - either delisted
or recent retirements - but weren't restricted to
other four clubs with former Bombers from 2012 on
their list - Port Adelaide, Melbourne, St Kilda and
the Western Bulldogs - can promote rookies to fill
the gaps in their playing squads.