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)

AFL gives Talia first strike

Sydney Swans defender Michael Talia has been issued with his first strike under the AFL’s Illicit Drug Policy having escaped conviction and been handed a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to drug possession in court on Thursday.

Under the AFL’s policy Talia received a suspended $5000 fine and is required to attend compulsory counselling and education programs.

Police arrested and charged Talia last month after he was stopped outside a nightclub in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and found to be carrying cocaine.

The 23-year-old has been stood down from training and all club activities since the arrest in the early hours of Sunday, July 17.