14 | Sport
12 - 18 February 2013
Bombers identified in drugs investigation
ESSENDON star recruit Brendon Goddard says Bombers players are feeling anxious as they await the outcome of what’s expected to be a lengthy investigation into possible performance-enhancing drug use at the AFL club. The ex-St Kilda star, whose status as a new recruit means he’s one of the few Bombers not under scrutiny, said he was trying to help his new teammates through the ordeal as best he could. “Understandably they’ve been a bit anxious,” Goddard said. “It’s probably hard for me to get my head around it because I obviously wasn’t there last year and I’m not directly involved or affected. “What we’ve talked about as a group is what we can do as a team and as players.
“All that is, is from Monday to Friday our preparation, then obviously once the season comes around ... control the controllables.” The Bombers have been identified by an Australian Crime Commission (ACC) investigation which revealed it was possible that players at the club took World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited substances without their knowledge. Asked whether players felt let down, Goddard said he was limited in what he could say. “At this point they’re all allegations so there’s no need to jump to conclusions or anything like that,” he said. Goddard, a member of the Bombers’ leadership group whose former club St Kilda endured several scandals during his time there, said his experience was
helping him and other Bombers cope. “There’s no doubt I’ve offered my opinion on certain things and experience to the younger guys and the whole playing group,” he said. “But as a whole team we’ve really helped each other in certain situations, particularly in the last week, we’ve talked about what we need to do and as I said, control what we can control.” He urged Bombers fans to stick with the club. “As I said at this point in time it’s all allegations and at no point can you jump to conclusions,” Goddard said. “As supporters it’s important to stick by the club because the boys are doing everything they can to prepare for another season.” The Bombers open the pre-season competition on Friday night, with a
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triple-header against Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. Bombers officials met with parents of the club’s players on Monday night to brief them on the ASADA investigation. Club chairman David Evans and coach James Hird addressed the group, as did the AFL players association’s general manager of player relations Ian Prendergast. Attendees included Bombers great Tim Watson, father of reigning Brownlow Medallist and current Essendon skipper Jobe. Watson said afterwards that parents left the meeting satisfied the club was acting in their sons’ best interests, according to the ABC website. By Sam Lienert in Melbourne
BRAVE FACES: (L to R) Brendon Goddard Jackson Macrae and Clinton Young at Etihad Stadium on Monday to launch the start of the NAB Cup. (AAP Image/David Crosling)
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