An AFL draft hopeful who enjoyed a breakout season in Western Australia’s state league has allegedly tested positive to a banned substance that is used in weight-loss products.
Peel Thunder midfielder Michael Randall, who trained with Fremantle during the 2021 pre-season, has been provisionally suspended after being issued with notice of an anti-doping rule violation.
It is alleged that the 21-year-old tested positive to the prohibited stimulant phentermine.
Randall had nominated for this week’s AFL draft but his playing future now hinges on an investigation by Sport Integrity Australia.
The positive test was confirmed by the West Australian Football Commission on Thursday, not long before the second round of the national draft began.
“Peel Thunder player Michael Randall has been issued with notice of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code which applies to all Australian Football competitions including the WAFL and is administered by the AFL,” a WAFC statement said.
“It is alleged that a sample provided in-competition by Mr Randall tested positive for Phentermine which is classified as a Non-Specified Substance (class S6a. Stimulants, prohibited in-competition only) under the World Anti-Doping Code’s Prohibited List 2021.
“The AFL has imposed a Mandatory Provisional Suspension on Mr Randall, which prevents him playing matches and participating in team training, pending the determination of the matter including further investigation by Sport Integrity Australia.”
Randall trained with Fremantle in an attempt to earn a place on their list via the AFL’s supplemental selection period, but was not offered a spot.
He had been on the radar of several AFL clubs this year, however, it is unclear if any intended on drafting him.