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McVeigh believes captaincy hopes gone

02/07/2009 11:18:03 PM Comments (0)

Essendon midfielder Mark McVeigh believes he has probably blown his chance to captain the AFL club.

McVeigh has been suspended by the Bombers from Friday night's MCG clash with Collingwood, after he failed to attend a training session following a night out drinking with former teammate Dean Solomon last weekend.

It came after he missed Essendon's previous match, against Carlton last Friday night, because of a striking suspension.

The 28-year-old, a member of the club's leadership group, has previously expressed a desire to become skipper, but said that was unlikely to happen now.

McVeigh had previously expressed a desire to take on the captaincy after Matthew Lloyd but that now appears unlikely.

"I understand he'll (Lloyd will) be the captain next year and so he should be," McVeigh told the Nine Network's AFL Footy Show.

"But I wouldn't expect my name to be involved, which cuts to the bone."

McVeigh said his actions and the suspension had hit him hard and he felt the need to atone himself to teammates and supporters.

"I'm devastated by my actions, in 11 years I've never had this against my name," he said.

"I wouldn't say I've coped with it well this week, it's been very difficult, brought on by myself.

"I respect the players and the coaching staff with their decision and I totally understand it and put my hand up for that."

He said he would attempt to win back respect once he returned to the football field.

"I will be held accountable for what I say now and my actions in the future and the way I play," he said.

"I can honestly say I will never have this against my name ever again and I mean that wholeheartedly.

"I apologise to people and no one will beat themselves up more about this than I will, I guarantee you that."

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