SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Lachie Whitfield of the Giants is tackled by Sharrod Wellingham of the Eagles during the round 21 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Whitfield, former GWS officials agree to bans

Lachie Whitfield has been banned for six months, while former GWS officials Graeme Allan and Craig Lambert have agreed to 12 month bans following their involvement in the Whitfield drugs saga, according to the Herald Sun.

Whitfield, 22, 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, Graeme Allan.

The trio have been sanctioned under the AFL’s disrepute rules and not the anti-doping code, avoiding potential four-year bans from the Australian Anti-doping Agency.

The former No.1 draft pick will begin his ban immediately, meaning he will be eligible to return to the club after Round 8 next season.

Fairfax reported last week that the Giants may also be stripped of draft picks due to the incident.