Keeffe and Thomas to miss out on Rookie Draft
FORMER Gympie local and Collingwood Magpies AFL export Lachlan Keeffe and his teammate Josh Thomas are unlikely to be recruited in the November Rookie Draft for the Brisbane Lions.
Lions list manager Peter Schwab recently said the club was unlikely to pursue either player in the November drafts.
"They have to wait another 12 months and we would really be wanting to fill those spots anyway," Schwab said.
"Unless something dramatically changes we won't be going there."
Keeffe, 25, and Thomas 23, have formally accepted two-year bans last month after testing positive to banned substance clenbuterol.
They have since been delisted and fined about $50,000 each, with part of their 2015 player payments to be withheld, as required by the AFL and the World Anti-Doping Authority.
Keeffe and Thomas who have been provisionally suspended since their positive A-sample result in March, will not be eligible to return to AFL until the 2017 season.
The Magpies have committed to redrafting the duo as rookies, should they choose to nominate and are not selected by a rival club first.
Keeffe was a boarder at Brisbane's Marist College in 2007 when his potential was first spotted during a Brisbane Rookie Program.
The program was his first proper game of AFL and he caught the eye of talent scouts who saw the raw ingredients needed to make a future star - his height and frame.
He was offered a trial run with Collingwood and moved to Melbourne in 2008.
Keeffe has played 40 senior games since arriving at the club from Gympie at the end of 2007, while Redland product Thomas has played 32 games since he was drafted at the end of 2009.
- abridged from http://www.collingwoodfc.com.au