The Courier-Mail

Demons deny dealings with drug provider Dank

- MARK ROBINSON

STEPHEN Dank has claimed he helped access drugs to be used by up to 12 Melbourne players in 2012.

The injection of drugs took place between November 2012 and late January 2013, just months after Dank (pictured) was sacked by Essendon.

Dank said yesterday the drugs were “similar in nature” to what he gave Essendon players.

The Demons have previously confirmed an injection program took place at that time and the substances injected were vitamin B, C and Glutathion­e, an antioxidan­t.

The AFL last night was adamant Dank did not play a role in the Melbourne program.

But Dank said he basically took the Bombers’ supplement blueprint to the Demons, which included Thymomodul­in, the drug Dank claimed he gave to Essendon players, but which ASADA, and now WADA, insists was Thymosin Beta 4.

Dank was a consultant to the Demons for three months and worked closely with former Melbourne doctor Dan Bates, stood down by the Demons in April 2013 because of his dealings with Dank.

The controvers­ial sports scientist said yesterday: “I didn’t directly supply them in this case, but I helped access them. I ordered them.’’

Asked if one of the drugs was Thymosin, he said. ‘‘No. It was Thymomodul­in.’’

Despite denials from Mel- bourne and the AFL, Dank yesterday said Melbourne’s program was similar to Essendon’s. “They were similar in nature as to what was used at Essendon,” he said.

ESSENDON’S Adam Cooney last night copped a onematch ban for his big hit on GWS youngster Stephen Coniglio on Sunday.

It was the first suspension of the 2008 Brownlow medallist’s 230-game career. Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade, who coached Cooney for seven years at the Western Bulldogs, provided a character reference. BRISBANE Lions members have been asked to help the club determine how to get back some of the 70,000-plus spectators “missing’’ from the Gabba over the past five years.

Members have been asked via email to complete a survey about their experience at last week’s QClash match.

“We are working closely with the AFL to ensure that attending a match is the best experience it can be,’’ the email reads. “(We are) reviewing what we are doing right, what we are not, and importantl­y, what we can do to enhance the experience (at the Gabba).’’

Lions bosses have a major focus on improving engagement with members.

Home crowds have held up well considerin­g the Lions have won two games this year compared with seven in 2014.

The average is 19,315, down from 19,743 last season. Armed with a No.1 draft pick if they finish last, the Lions would at least offer supporters hope via the country’s best draftee.

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