Sport Former 'Pie Keefe opens up about drug ban

09:07  13 october  2017
09:07  13 october  2017 Source:   Wide World of Sports

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Former banned Magpies player Lachlan Keefe has spoken openly about his drug suspension following a positive test for the banned performance enhancing substance clenbuterol.

The Collingwood utility player and teammate Josh Thomas were both sidelined for two years as a result of unknowingly taking the substance. Following the incident the club offered both players a chance this year but Keefe has since been delisted while Thomas was offered a new contract.

Speaking to SEN Radio in Melbourne, Keefe lifted the lid on the day drug testers came knocking on his door.

“It is a funny one, I’ve never had a drug test at home,” said the 27-year-old.

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“The original drug test was at the club, and then ASADA actually rocked up at my door at home. It was pretty early in the morning, I was half asleep, and answered the door. I thought that’s interesting, I’ve never had one at home, so this is a process.

<p>Lachlan Keefe during his time with the Magpies.</p>© Getty Images

Lachlan Keefe during his time with the Magpies.

“Then they sat down and put the microphone out and then I thought, oh jeez, someone has done something, he must think I know about it. Then he gave me the news, so there was a bit of an early shock. I thought I hadn’t done anything wrong, so they’ve got it wrong. Then it was all a bit of a whirlwind.

“Once I sat down with Neil Balme and Gary Pert, it all sort of started coming together and I thought, that might be it. Then it rolled from there and I distanced myself from the club, went with the Players Association and my manager, and the rest is history.”

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The Queenslander spent the entire year in the VFL and admitted it was an uphill climb to make back into the AFL.

“I didn’t think I would come back, because of the two-year barrier,” Keeffe said.

“The Pies had enough faith in my ability, I got the chance, came back and had a crack. It is always hard to come back and not have the touch, the contact and the real intensity of AFL footy for two years. I struggled with that.

“My form wasn’t crash hot, and once they got into a bit of a groove, and they thought you might not be the guy going forward, they’re going to go elsewhere.”

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