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Fletcher arrest disappoints Worsfold

By Justin Chadwick 25/08/2010 04:32:29 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold has labelled Chad Fletcher's brush with the law as disappointing, but says the former Eagle's behaviour in no way reflects the current culture at the AFL club.

Fletcher, who retired from AFL ranks at the end of last season after 179 games for the Eagles, was arrested in a Sydney nightclub over the weekend for alleged possession of cocaine.

It wasn't the first time the 30-year-old had found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

During an end of season trip to Las Vegas in 2006, Fletcher collapsed and almost died in what was widely rumoured to have been an adverse reaction to drugs.

West Coast have worked hard to clean up their act since Ben Cousins' drug-related fall from grace in 2007 and Worsfold said Fletcher's recent arrest shouldn't put the current crop of players in a negative light.

"Personally for me it's just disappointing for Chad to make those decisions," Worsfold said.

"I just look at Chad as a young man who's made a poor decision.

"So he'll go to court and cop his, I shouldn't guess, but a few-hundred-buck fine and get on his way and we'll wait and see if he's learnt a lesson."

Worsfold said it wasn't necessary to remind his players about the dangers of drugs in the wake of Fletcher's arrest.

"We've got a program in place regardless of what Chad Fletcher's doing," Worsfold said.

"We don't take chances that we need some ex-player to make a poor decision for us to then counsel our players.

"That's all well and truly in place.

"We've got an outstanding record over the last three or four off seasons ... (I'm) proud of the way the players have gone about it."

Meanwhile, Worsfold said he would listen to offers from rival clubs who are keen to snare West Coast's prized No.4 pick in this year's national draft.

"Teams can go and throw things at us but we're not going to ask for them to do so," he said.

"I've got a lot of confidence in the youth of the group going through.

"Whether we need to add experience or whether we just keep adding more youth, they're the big questions that have to be answered."

But while Worsfold begins to ponder the important business of end-of-season list management, his more immediate concern is Saturday's clash with Geelong in Melbourne, a team Worsfold rates as the premiership favourites.

The Eagles will finish last regardless of the result but Worsfold said his young squad had plenty to play for.

"Come round one next year we expect we'll have most of our squad available and fit," he said.

"These players ... who play this week have got a big chance to say they want to be in that first team next year. If they don't perform they leave it very open."

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