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Essendon call parents to Windy Hill

By Kim Hagdorn
11 February 2013 05:31PM EST

CONCERNED parents of Essendon players will be addressed by Bombers management on Monday night as shocking flak continues to fly from allegations of illegal substance use at the famous club.

Parents of Bombers players, especially young ones on the senior list and a small batch of newcomers, are expected to be addressed by chairman David Evans, chief executive Ian Robson and senior coach James Hird.

It is unclear exactly what message the Bombers most senior three governors will pass to parents at the meeting at Windy Hill, but invitations are believed to have gone to all guardians.

It is understood that as few as only four Essendon players from last year’s list refused to sign what have been described as "waivers" to the club’s responsibilities in the highly controversial use of substances in on-going bids to increase body muscle bulk and improve performance levels.

It is claimed that significant amounts of the radical and highly contentious peptides drugs are also beneficial in rapid recovery for athletes after matches and hefty training sessions.

The Bombers are under a full Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after claims of widespread use, including controversial injections, of illegal performance enhancing substances last year.

Evans, Robson and Hird went public less than a week ago ahead of more shocking revelations from Federal Government, ASADA and Australian Crime Commission authorities releasing a report that claims widespread drug abuse and corruption throughout the nation’s top sporting codes.

Ironically, the Bombers management meeting with players’ parents is at almost the same time as former Essendon high performance coordinator Stephen Dank make his first public appearance since shocking new broke of the alleged use of illegal performance enhancing substances.

Dank was sacked by Essendon late last season as the Bombers finals chances crumbled horribly.

He is now embroiled in the horrific claims of manipulation of players into use of illicit substances and after the Bombers fitness and conditioning program copped enormous flak for a horrendous injury plague and Essendon plummeted from a premiership threatening fourth in Round 14, to win just one of their last nine games and finish a dismal 11th.

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