Shane Mumford is still expected to resume his AFL playing career with GWS in 2019, despite being fined $25,000 and suspended for two games after footage had emerged of the ruckman snorting white powder.
The video footage dated back to 2015, shortly after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
Mumford, 32, retired at the end of 2017 due to a serious foot injury. But he hopes to restart his playing career next year, with the Giants light on for ruck options after Rory Lobb’s move to Fremantle.
The two-match, club-imposed ban will kick in if Mumford is re-drafted by the Giants.
He must also accept a first strike under the AFL’s illicit drugs policy and undergo drug and alcohol counselling.
“Shane is deeply remorseful and embarrassed by his behaviour from three years ago,” Giants CEO David Matthews said in a statement.
“As a club, we were very disappointed in Shane’s actions and the circumstances generally.
“While Shane has unquestionably been an important part of the Giants as both a player and coach in recent years, the club feels these sanctions are absolutely appropriate to ensure he fully understands the implications of his actions.
“The club will also continue to support Shane as this has clearly been a difficult time for him and his family.
“Shane has unequivocally accepted the sanctions.”
The veteran of 172 games with Geelong, Sydney and GWS worked in 2018 as a ruck coach for the Giants.
The two-match ban would cover GWS’s opening games of the 2019 season at home against Essendon and away to West Coast at Optus Stadium.