Woosha doesn t expect drugs probe call
Woosha doesn't expect drugs probe call

West Coast coach John Worsfold says he has not been told whether his club is one of up to nine in the AFL believed by the Australian Crime Commission to be vulnerable to illicit drugs.

Speaking at Patersons Stadium ahead of the club’s opening NAB Cup matches on Saturday, Worsfold said he was not getting caught up in speculation about the recent revelations.

“I haven’t been informed (whether ours is one of the clubs),” he said.

“My assumption would be that we won’t be hearing anything.”

He said the extent of the issues presented in the ACC report remained grey.

“The report is extremely wide-ranging across all sports so how big it is is hard to pick.

“I am quite comfortable to sit back and wait and see which actions unfold out of it all.”

Worsfold backed his sports science department and said the ACC had been a wakeup call for all clubs.

The 44-year-old said he was likely to use about 30 players across the games against Fremantle and Geelong on Saturday night.

He said star forward Mark LeCras would play one, if not two, games on Saturday.

Ruckman Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox had already ruled themselves out for this weekend but Worsfold also confirmed

Beau Waters (hip), Daniel Kerr (knee) and Mark Nicoski, who is still building is his return from a serious hamstring injury last season, would not be available.

Worsfold said he had been pleased with the pre-season.

“We have got the work into the players.

“The ones that are ready to go and play next week their preparation has been great and then the other guys they’ll get their opportunity in the next three weeks.”

“There have been some great performances but seeing some of the younger guys take the next step up and really matching it with some of the older guys has been great to see.”

Worsfold said he would back Naitanui’s aim to be ready for round one as he continues to build fitness following groin surgery last year.

“He has got a program to follow, we are not going to take risks because we don’t want him to have setbacks and miss any more football than he may.

“The aim is to follow his program, progress him up and if he’s ready for round one, cleared for us to select him, we’ll select him.”

There was no sign of Naitanui, Kerr or Nicoski at today’s session at Patersons Stadium but Waters trained strongly.

Cox did some ball work after his finger dislocation and was the last to leave the track, doing a series of extra sprints.

Josh Hill jogged a few laps before leaving the session early while Matt Rosa walked and lightly jogged laps.

Sam Butler also left the track early after appearing to pull up sore during a drill.

The West Australian

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