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GWS star investigated over drug test claim

  • GWS star investigated over drug test claim

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: 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)

Greater Western Sydney star, and former No.1 AFL draft pick, Lachie Whitfield is reportedly being investigated for deliberately avoiding drug testers with the assistance of former club employees.

Fairfax Media reports the AFL has finished an investigation into whether the 22-year-old stayed at the home of former welfare manager Craig Lambert in May last year in order to avoid an illicit drug test he allegedly feared he may fail.

The report claims there are incriminating text messages between Whitfield and his girlfriend.

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Whitfield, who re-signed with the Giants for a further two seasons earlier this year, as well as both Lambert and former football manager Graeme Allan face the prospect of two-to-four-year bans if it's proven they conspired to deliberately evade or were complicit in seeking to evade a drug test.

Whitfield, the No.1 pick in the 2012 draft, is expected to be available for selection in next week's qualifying final against the Sydney Swans.

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