Lachie Whitfield of the Giants handballs 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 Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Giants release statement on Lachie Whitfield investigation

Greater Western Sydney has released a statement on ASADA’s ongoing investigation into Lachie Whitfield and two former club officials.

Whitfield is alleged to have hidden at former GWS official Craig Lambert’s house for three days to avoid drug testers, out of fear that he could test positive for drugs after taking illicit drugs. Former Giants official, Graeme Allan, who is now at Collingwood, was also involved.

The maximum penalty for such an offence is a four-year suspension.

Read the full statement below:

The GIANTS are awaiting details of the AFL Integrity Department’s findings in relation to their forensic investigation regarding a current listed GIANTS player and two former staff members of the Club.

The GIANTS reiterate that mid-way through last year the Club received an allegation from a member of the public that warranted investigation.

As soon as the GIANTS’ CEO was made aware of the allegation the AFL and the GIANTS’ Board were immediately notified. The Club’s Integrity Committee also immediately commissioned an independent investigation by a Senior Counsel based on the then available evidence.

The Club takes all integrity matters extremely seriously and will continue to cooperate fully with the AFL as it has done  from the outset.

Until the Club receives the AFL’s findings it is not in a position to comment further.