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Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says he needed to put aside his own tastes in order to advise teammates who venture into circles permeated by illicit drugs.
It emerged last week that Collingwood pair Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas had both tested positive for using banned substance clenbuterol, with one theory bandied about suggesting the players ingested the drug inadvertently while taking an illicit drug.
Cotchin, who turns 25 this week, says he is not a “nightclub goer” and therefore has had to educate himself about situations that can confront players.
“You have to put aside you’re own individual thoughts and and feelings about it,” Cotchin told radio SEN on Saturday.
“You see it in friends outside football, you see it within the football world with the likes of Ben Cousins and so forth and you just have to deal with it and know all the facts and how it can affect people and reasons why people do it.
“I’ve done a lot of education on why it happens and how we can help. For me it doesn’t interest me, being part of that nightclub scene, being out and about, it’s not part of my lifestyle.
“But the reality is a lot of young people like getting out there and chasing a bit of tail and so forth, and I just need to understand that and the reasons why they do that and just try to educate them on what acceptable behaviour is.”
Cotchin said that the club’s leadership group had sat down as soon as the news came out to discuss how to deal with it.
“We sat down as soon as it happened as a group and made mention again that you need to be really careful of what’s going on out there in the real world and sometimes what you think you’re taking with regards to painkillers or whatever it is, even if they say what they are, sometimes they’re not.
“It’s just a severe penalty that’s not worth the risk, so we just reiterate that message. We want 100 per cent of our team behaving and doing the right thing by our football club and our culture and that’s what we keep on encouraging.
“We discuss it is a leadership group. What is happening out there in the nightclub scene and so forth that we can control? We have an integrity officer as well so we’re always in open conversations about what’s going on and we control it as best we can. I think it gets back to your relationships with all your players and knowing exactly what’s happening within our team and making sure we’re looking out for each other, but also acting in a manner that’s required.”
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