Drug probe finding coming soon

ESSENDON is just weeks away from learning the outcome of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency investigation into the possible use last year of banned substances by players as part of the club's supplement program.

At yesterday's unveiling of the 2013 International Rules series between Australia and Ireland, AFL deputy chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirmed the investigation would be finalised next month.

"We're committed to bringing this investigation to an end with ASADA in August, prior to the finals series," he said.

"Just to close this down, there'll be a number of questions on Essendon. The reality is this, there is an end in sight - it's in August."

McLachlan also confirmed Australia would be represented in this year's two-Test tour of Ireland by the Indigenous All-Stars.

The team will be coached by former Sydney Swans champion Michael O'Loughlin and is expected to include dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes and Hawthorn stars Shaun Burgoyne and Lance Franklin.

The AFL hopes a team of indigenous players will boost flagging interest in the international series.



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