Cousins recruitment has Tigers ready for integrity department

Mark Stevens, Yahoo!7 Updated February 26, 2013, 7:11 am

Richmond believe they are well prepared to enter the AFL’s new era of ramped up integrity departments.

The AFL has indicated it wants every club to have its own integrity officer, but the Tigers are adamant they already have a structure in place to short-circuit potential problems.

It is a bi-product of Ben Cousins arriving at Punt Rd in 2009 as controversial recruit with a lot of baggage.

“In a lot of ways we had those processes in place … we can certainly do more, but it stemmed back to when we recruited Ben Cousins and some of the measures we had to put in place to deal with those issues,” Richmond president Gary March told Seven News.

“I think it has put us well placed to deal with some of the requirements the AFL has put in place with clubs going forward.”

Key Tigers officials met with AFL powerbrokers Andrew Demetriou and Gillon McLachlan last week, with the league delivering a stern message in the wake of the Essendon drugs saga.

All clubs are meeting with league heavies on the issue of integrity.

March said the integrity of the game was paramount.

“Every club will be different … obviously the events of recent times have really potentially damaged the brand of AFL football and brand of AFL clubs and we’ve all got a role to play in restoring integrrity,” March said.

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  1. Ray Bower07:31pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Let's see some good quality games of AFL this year. I am in Ningbo China and with only 8 million people here I get lonely. So am looking forward to some top games.

  2. Ugnisaet11:34am Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    South Australia 'sitting on oil worth $20 trillion' Yahoo!7 Finance – Thu, Jan 24, 2013 9:17 AM AEDT does this mean that we have to go to war with the USA

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  3. Ugnisaet11:31am Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Prof I can assure you there are ounces of integrity in the AFL, however it is weighted down in the system and to some degree hidden, so matters like this are at best never discussed

  4. Glib11:22am Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Integrity? AFL ?

  5. Ugnisaet10:41am Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Congratulations to Richmond firstly for picking him up in the draft, every person should be given a second chance, and Ben as far as I am concerned was and is the ideal candidate to test that theory and prove true, a case by case here in very important as Fevola also proved in a more adverse scenario, as with Wayne Carie and is still going on, so I say the Media should look at the drugs they take on writing such tripe.:)

  6. 10:32am Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I seriously think you all need to re-read the story. No where does it say he is coming back. And the fact that he admitted he had a problem makes him a big man. He never tested positive to any substance.

  7. Ghost Hunter12:24am Wednesday 27th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well, what do you know ? The king of the druggies is back ! So much for the AFL's crack down on players using drugs ! Wonder if benny boy will be allowed to take his usual 10 grams of cocaine onto the field with himself this time around ??? Maybe the AFL is serious and will cut him back to 5 or 6 grams per game !

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  8. Honest Mike05:12pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    @ Adel - You didn't even read the article, did you. (facepalm....) @ Yahoo7 - Seeking to milk out a few extra site hits? Well, just stick Ben Cousins' surname in the title and his photo amidst the article. It's really just a a non-story about all clubs being required to step up to new process standards. Use Ben to watch the click rate stats climb. Now THAT'S journalism!

  9. Adel03:30pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I thought we'd seen the back end of this showpony

  10. Jeffrey07:47am Tuesday 26th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    zero tolerance......get the message across loud and clear.....exception being allowable prescription drugs specific to the person for whom they are prescribed.....