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Bombers to be named over supplements scandal
Bombers to be named over supplements scandal

Essendon have plunged into another crisis over their supplements saga with 10 players telling ASADA investigators they believe they took banned substances.

Another two former Bombers, Fremantle's Scott Gumbleton and Stuart Crameri, are also embroiled in the latest scandal to hit the AFL.

The Herald-Sun named club captain Jobe Watson, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Tom Bellchambers, Jake Melksham, Heath Hocking, Michael Hibberd and Alex Browne as being in the group that now undergo more scrutiny for the injections they received under the Bombers' suspicious supplements regime in 2012.

Also named were WA's Kyle Hardingham and Tayte Pears. Another was Gumbleton who has since been traded to the Dockers.

The list included Crameri, who moved to the Western Bulldogs late last year, and delisted players Ricky Dyson and Sam Lonergan.

The group faces further scrutiny from ASADA following the delivery of a report into the saga to former Federal Court judge Garry Downes, who will review the brief to determine a course of action.

All the players face an uncertain future with the start of 2014 AFL season three weeks away.

Club president Paul Little has written to members outlining the latest developments but maintains the club line that they players have done nothing wrong.

It is believed the players have admitted taking Thymosin or AOD-9604 or both. AOD-9604 is a banned substance.

"Throughout this investigation, confidentiality has been paramount to protect the integrity of this process - unfortunately, at various times this process has been undermined by leaks, innuendo and a lack of ethical and professional behaviour," Little wrote.

"The club has received information that the Herald Sun is going to name players based on information within an interim and incomplete report.

"On this occasion the club is particularly disappointed that the Herald Sun would choose to provide confidential information that could easily and unfairly damage the reputation of our players.

"As previously stated, we believe that our players did not take anything harmful, performance enhancing or illegal during 2012.

"Our players are young men of the highest integrity and it is a shame the Herald Sun has been unable to show the same level of professionalism and integrity as our players have done throughout this process.

"The disclosure of players' names will not change the outcome of the investigation in any way whatsoever, however it unfairly impacts our players, their reputations, their families and our club."

The West Australian

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