MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 21: Adam Cooney of the Bombers handpasses the ball in his 250th and final game during the 2016 AFL Round 22 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Essendon and Western Bulldogs midfielder Adam Cooney has revealed some of the sneaky tricks AFL players would use to enhance their own SuperCoach scores when he was a player.

Cooney revealed in an article for the Herald Sun, that some players were so obsessed with the fantasy game, they would try to doctor their own scores during the a game.

“Some players I ran out with over the years couldn’t get enough of it,” Cooney revealed.

“At times I was also suspicious that some players who were heavily invested in SuperCoach let it creep on to the field of battle.

“Their classic trick was to handball to a teammate but give it just enough flight so the player has to stop their momentum receiving the ball, forcing them to dish it back to the original handballer. The Scott West SuperCoach special point builder I think they call that!”

Cooney said there were two players in particular during his days at the Bulldogs who were especially invested in SuperCoach.

“I won’t name any other culprits but guernsey numbers 25 and 36 at the Dogs spring to mind when it came to another little trick to boost their own points,” he said.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 01: Brian Lake of the Bulldogs handballs during the round one AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“On many occasions in junk time late in a quarter these two rogues would kick the ball back and forth to each other time and time again when it was completely unnecessary, only to gain extra points for their teams (they would select themselves regularly as captains of their own side).”