SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Michael Talia of the Swans in action during the 2016 NAB Challenge AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Port Adelaide Power at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Talia pleads guilty to drug possession

Sydney defender Michael Talia has been given a 12 month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to drug possession charges.

Talia was arrested in Sydney last month after being caught in possession of cocaine in the early hours of Sunday July 17th, after the match between Hawthorn and Sydney at the SCG.

The 23-year-old was stood down by the club indefinitely following the incident.

Talia played 30 games for the Bulldogs between 2012 and 2015, before being traded to the Swans at the end of last season.

He played the opening game of the season this year, before suffering a Lisfranc ligament injury in the final quarter of the match. He has not a played senior match since.