AFL rejects top-ups for Power, Demons, Dogs and Saints

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Updated: February 5, 2016
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AFL NewsPORT Adelaide, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and St Kilda have had their request for top-up players to fill the spots made vacant by the suspension of members of the ‘Essendon 34’ rejected by the AFL commission.

The Bombers, who still have 12 players on their list that were banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the 2012 supplements program, have been allowed to sign 10 players for the 2016 season.

The Power has Angus Monfries and Paddy Ryder on their list, while Stewart Crameri is at the Bulldogs, Jake Carlisle the Saints and Jake Melksham the Demons.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says they’re disappointed by the decision.

“Obviously we’re disappointed because clearly we are an innocent victim in this saga and we thought we put together a compelling argument to the AFL,” he said.

“However, the AFL saw it differently and we will now abide by their decision and get on with the task at hand.

“Today’s outcome will not define our season and win, lose or draw it will not serve as an excuse as to how we perform on-field.”

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