MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Sam Murray of the Magpies looks upfield during the round five AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombvers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Collingwood have released the following statement on their website in response to reports on Friday morning that suggested defender Sam Murray was under investigation from ASADA.

The full statement can be seen below.

Collingwood has been informed that defender Sam Murray is under investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

ASADA is leading the process and the timing of the investigation will be determined by ASADA.

Sam has sought independent legal advice.

“I would like to reinforce that Collingwood is unequivocally committed to the cause of eliminating drugs in sport,” said Collingwood Chief Executive Officer, Mark Anderson.

“We fully support all anti-doping policies and our athletes understand the rules in place. Collingwood has worked hard to develop a culture of professionalism and respect within its teams and we are making great progress.

“It would be inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of the ASADA process.

“In addition to ensuring we comply fully with the ASADA process, we are also ensuring that we support Sam as a person. Whatever the outcome of the ASADA investigation, the welfare of a young man must remain a priority and we are committed to providing the support that Sam needs.

“We are not able to make any further comment until all of the facts are gathered, the investigation completed and a determination reached.”