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Collingwood player under ASADA investigation for illicit substance

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Published by Staff Writer, 24 August 2018 on news.com.au

COLLINGWOOD player Sam Murray is being investigated by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority after a post-match drugs test reportedly revealed an illicit substance in his system.

The Herald Sun reports Murray has been made aware a recent sample showed elevated levels of an illicit drug, which when detected on gameday is regarded as performance-enhancing and carries the potential of a ban from playing.

Murray was named to play against Port Adelaide last weekend but was a late withdrawal for “personal reasons”. Several reports indicate the sample was taken around Collingwood’s round 19 game against Richmond.

Murray, 20, was selected by the Sydney Swans in the 2015 Rookie Draft but was traded to Collingwood without playing a game.

He made his debut in round one of this season and was nominated for the AFL Rising Star award after a 21-disposal game against Carlton in round three.

He has played 13 games this season, last appearing against Brisbane in round 21.

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley was asked about Murray’s absence at a press conference on Thursday but said he couldn’t shed any more light on his circumstances.

“We’re supporting Sam with what he’s going through as much as we possibly can,” Buckley said. “It’s meant that he’s had some time away from the club as well and we’re looking after him as much as we can.”

In an unusual twist, the AFL website published a story about Murray under journalist Damian Barrett’s byline on Friday morning but later removed it.

It later published a story under the byline “staff writer” which was based on Barrett’s reporting.

More to come …

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