Does this mean the ongoing saga is finally over?
Essendon coach James Hird has put a halt his legal stoush with AFL and ASADA after deciding not to take the battle to the High Court.
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Hird lost his battle in the Federal Court against the AFL-ASADA investigation into the Bombers’ 2012 supplements program.
The former premiership-winning captain had until Friday to attempt High Court action, however he said it was now time to focus solely on football.
“This decision is based on trying to give us the best chance in 2015 of winning as many games of football as we can and for our football club to be as great as it possibly can,” Hird said in a club statement.
“Fundamentally we still believe that our players weren’t treated in the way they should have been treated.”
“It’s very disappointing. Ultimately, we hope that the players are cleared through the tribunal process that is to be handed down very shortly.”
“I want to thank supporters for their overwhelming support of us as a group of people, our team and our players.”
Hird served a 12-month ban during the investigation, but now returns as coach as the Bombers in 2015.