Keeffe sets sights on regaining lost trust
GYMPIE AFL talent Lachlan Keeffe is vowing redemption in the face of a two-year ban for a positive drug test.
The rising Collingwood star joined team mate Josh Thomas fronting the media yesterday as each accepted two-year bans for taking the banned drug clenbuterol.
KEEFFE and Thomas tested positive for clenbuterol on February 10.
Both players have been banned from all sport in Australia for two years and the ban has been back-dated to March this year.
Clenbuterol is frequently used as a cutting agent with illicit drugs and both players said the drug was taken unknowingly.
The pair admitted to taking illicit drugs the night before being tested, and now believe those drugs were "laced with clenbuterol".
Keeffe said he wanted other players to learn from his mistake.
"We hope an error of judgement does not become a life sentence," he said.
"We hope to regain everyone's trust."
Indications are that both players, now delisted from the Magpies, will be picked up as rookies at the end of the season should they nominate for the national draft.
It was not all bad new for Keeffe, with a stroke of luck sparing both players from longer bans.
The pair tested positive before the AFL introduced a new drug code mandating four-year bans.
A former soccer player, Keeffe, 25, was pre-listed as a Collingwood player in 2008 after catching the eye of talent scouts.
In 2009 and 2010, he was upgraded to rookie before later making the primary list and running on with the side.