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New illicit drugs policy to commence in off-season

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has announced that a new illicit drugs policy will be in place for the start of the off-season.

McLachlan addressed the media following the release of pictures of Gold Coast star Harley Bennel with what appears to be lines of speed.

The AFL boss said that the three strikes policy is outdated and needs to be changed.

“On March 30 this year I made it clear publicly that our industry needed to review our illicit drug policy,” McLachlan said.

“I said at the time that research suggested our policy wasn’t working and should be changed.

“It’s what I want, it’s what the clubs want, it’s what AFL Players Association wants.

“We need to get the balance right between players’ rights and responsibilities.”

McLachlan indicated that a new policy is not far away.

“Our [illicit drugs policy] was right 10 years – not today,” he said.

“We’ll have a new policy in place for the start of the off-season.

McLachlan also said that Bennell’s welfare is currently the major concern.

“I think there needs to be a consequence and a movement at each level,” he said.

“But today we need to focus on the player on the front page of the paper…his welfare is our major concern today.”


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