Ex-AFL player slammed with four-year drug ban

Norwood’s Josh Glenn. Picture: Tom Huntley

Two types of anabolic steroids were detected in the ex-Gold Coast Suns midfielder’s sample following Norwood’s round 11 match against Glenelg on June 16, 2018.

Glenn has been provisionally suspended since August 10, 2018 – the date he and the SANFL were advised of the adverse analytical finding – and had been under investigation since.

The 25-year-old will not be able to return to any SANFL or AFL-recognised football competition until August 10, 2022.

Glenn tested positive for prohibited substances 19-Norandrosterone and 19-Noretiocholanolone – both are types of anabolic steroids.

Norwood president Paul Di Iulio said “the decision Josh made” occurred well before his arrival at the Norwood Football Club.

“Josh admitted to taking the substances when he was not listed with any SANFL club and was therefore not bound by the code.

“However, the ongoing presence of the substances on 16 June 2018, while participating in a match for Norwood Football Club, constitutes an anti-doping rule violation.

“As a club, we can only speak positively of Josh’s behaviour during his time spent at Norwood. Josh has been an excellent teammate and demonstrated professionalism and commitment to the playing group.

“Norwood will continue to support Josh however will not be any making further comment on this matter.”

SANFL chief executive Jake Parkinson said the league had zero tolerance for prohibited drug use in its competitions.

“This sanction, the first to be imposed to a SANFL player for breach of the Anti-Doping Code, reinforces the league’s strong stance in maintaining fairness, safety and integrity on behalf of its participants,” Parkinson said.

“SANFL provides extensive drug awareness and education, including presentations every year to all senior and under 18s players at SANFL clubs about their responsibility under the AFL Anti-Doping Code.”

Glenn joined Norwood for the 2018 season and went on to play 10 games, kicking 21 goals and being named in the club’s best players three times.

He polled three Magarey Medal votes in round five after kicking eight goals against his former team, Central District.

During the round 11 match against Glenelg, Glenn collected 20 disposals and kicked one goal.

His last game for the Redlegs was the round 16 clash against Woodville-West Torrens on July 27, 2018.

Glenn missed the following two matches – Norwood cited the flu as the reason for his absence – before the Redlegs announced he had made himself unavailable for selection.

He has not played for the club since.

In October 2017, Glenn received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to an aggravated charge of recklessly causing harm.

Glenn had broken the nose of an Australian Defence Force employee when repeatedly punching him after he was kicked out of the Gawler Exchange Hotel in March last year.

He had begun the season with Barossa, Light and Gawler football club Willaston, which dumped Glenn after the assault incident.

He joined Norwood a month later.

Glenn was playing for division four amateur club Elizabeth in 2012 before starring for Central District over the next two seasons then getting rookie-listed by Gold Coast.

He quit the Suns and returned to SA in 2015, citing homesickness, then played for Willaston in 2016 and Central again in 2017.

In August 2018 , the SANFL charged Willaston with breaching regulations for upfront payments of $3000 to Glenn for seasons 2016 and 2018.

Willaston was fined $8,000 ($2000 of which was suspended and stripped of six premiership points – two for 2018 and four for 2019.

Glenn did not face any penalties after co-operating with the SANFL investigation.

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Patrick Keam