MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Tom Curren of the Saints tackles Jaeger O'Meara of the Suns during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Suns issue response to Jaeger O’Meara trade request

Following the news today that Jaeger O’Meara has requested a trade to Hawthorn, the Suns have re-iterated that they will play hard ball with any club wanting to recruit the 2013 rising star winner.

O’Meara has officially named the Hawks as his preferred destination, but Gold Cost general manager of football Marcus Ashcroft issued a response, telling the Suns’ website O’Meara will go to whichever club can provide the best deal.

“Today we were advised from the Hawthorn Football Club and Jaeger’s management that the Hawks is Jaeger’s club of choice,” Ashcroft said.

“As has been previously stated, Jaeger is on the market to a club that can provide us compensation we are prepared to accept.”

Earlier, Hawthorn released the following statement, confirming O’Meara had chosen the Hawks.

“Jaeger has indicated he wants to be at Hawthorn in 2017 and we are keen to make this happen,” Hawthorn Recruiting and List Manager Graham Wright said.

“We fully respect that Jaeger is a Gold Coast player and we will work closely with the Suns in the lead up to the trade period to ensure we can get an appropriate deal done.”

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  1. Andrew Gill Danny Haggerty they don’t need draft picks, unless they can be flipped into proven players. So if they do take picks it will have to be two early first rounds I would imagine.

    • This has nothing to do with Scully, nothing at all. It always hard to stomach the truth at times. This is about Gold Coast and Essendon:hawthorn not Tom Scully

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      Stephen Dank claims he had a hand in Melbourne’s supplements program

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      STEPHEN Dank has claimed he helped access drugs to be used by up to 12 Melbourne players in 2012.

      The injection of drugs took place between November 2012 and late January 2013, just months after Dank was sacked by Essendon.

      Dank said the drugs were “similar in nature’’ to what he gave the Essendon players.

      The Demons have previously confirmed an injection program took place at that time and the substances ­injected were vitamin B, C and glutathione, an antioxidant.

      ACTOVEGIN NOW A ‘CONTROLLED TREATMENT’

      GEELONG ADMITS IT GOT DRUG FROM DANK

      HOW ESSENDON SUPPLEMENTS SCANDAL BEGAN

      The AFL on Tuesday night was adamant Dank did not play a role in the Melbourne program.

      But Dank said he basically took the Bombers’ supplement blueprint to the Demons, which included Thymomo-dulin, the drug Dank claimed he gave to Essendon players, but which ASADA, and now WADA, insists was Thymosin Beta 4.

      Dank was a consultant to the Demons for three months.

      Dank worked closely with former Melbourne doctor Dan Bates, who was stood down by the Demons in April 2013 because of his dealings with Dank.

      The controversial sports scientist said on Tuesday: “I didn’t directly supply them in this case, but I helped access them. I ordered them.’’

      Asked if one of the drugs was Thymosin, he said. ‘’No. It was Thymomodulin.’’

      Despite denials from Melbourne and the AFL, Dank yesterday said Melbourne’s program was similar to Essendon’s.

      “They were similar in nature as to what was used at Essendon,” Dank said.

      Dank said he was paid expenses by the Demons, although the Demons said they had no records of any money transfers to Dank.

      An AFL spokesman said: “The AFL is aware of a number of players receiving vitamin injections at a medical clinic under the supervision of a doctor at the clinic.

      “These injections or the contents were not provided by Mr Dank. The injections were not given by Mr Dank.”

      The Demons said on Tuesday night: “Every supplement included in the club’s supplement regimen was approved by the club ­doctor and is in accordance with all ASADA and WADA guidelines.’’

      Dank said he had a list of players names — he said up to 12 — who were scheduled to be injected with the drugs he ordered.

      Dank, who will contest the guilty findings and resultant life ban imposed by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal for his role in the Essendon supplements scandal, scoffed at previous report that he wasn’t part of Melbourne’s sports science system.

      “I have an email at home welcoming me to the club,” he said.

      He says he has another email from former director of sports performance Neil Craig, who is now at Essendon, but would not elaborate on its content.

      While the AFL’s integrity department and ASADA found Melbourne did not have a case to answer, questions remain about how deep Dank’s infiltration into the Demons was.

      As revealed in the Herald Sun on Monday, Dank had established contact with Bates as early as March 2012.

      Text messages between Dank and Bates speak of AOD-9604, Thymomodulin and Cerebrolysin.

      In August 2012, Dank sent a text to Bates that appeared to criticise Essendon.

      “They stopped listening to me properly eight weeks ago and got what they deserved … won’t be back next year.”

      In September, Dank told Bates that Cerebrolysin “had our bloods really recovering and powering”.

      Also in September, Bates asked: “Have you got any Thymomodulin I can get access to?”

      Dank replied, “Of course, mate. Ring me on your break.”

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    • Your so right, if that comforts Essendon supporters by passing the buck,
      None of u retards can never stay on topic dead set fucktards..
      Read the article and comment on the dialogue if that’s not to hard

    • Give me a positive drug test ya old fart, the dee’s are and always will be a laughing stock, you should have pushed harder to merge with hawthorn all those years ago instead of dwindling in debt with all your supporters been mcc soft cocks.

  2. Suns will take what they can get or he will walk to the Dons in the PSD for nothing. Look forward to Graham Wright and the Hawks list management team bending the Suns over.

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