CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Graeme Allan, GM Football Operations of the Giants looks on during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the GWS Giants and the Western Bulldogs at the StarTrack Oval, Canberra on February 25, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Allan resigns after being handed 12-month ban

Collingwood director of football Graeme Allan has resigned from his role after the AFL’s decision to ban the 62-year-old from the game for 12 months following his involvement the Lachie Whitfield drugs saga.

Whitfield is accused of hiding at former Giants’ official Craig Lambert’s house in order to avoid drug testers last season, with the help of former GWS football chief, Allan.

The AFL has banned Whitfield for six months, while Lambert and Allan have received 12-month bans.

As a result, Allan, who was recently appointed as the Magpies’ footy chief, has quit.

Allan released a statement on Tuesday night, apologising for his actions.

“Regardless of my good intentions, I should have handled the issues differently and ensured Lachie continued to meet his off-field “whereabouts” obligations at all times,” Allan said.

“I also accept that the club I served then, and the club I serve now, are dealing with the consequences of this matter.

“For this, I am sorry.

“This is why I have agreed to accept the suspension handed to me today. The legal fight could have gone on, but that is not in the best interests of the game, the AFL, or my family.  Recent history tells us as much.”