Voss confident Lions are clean
Michael Voss has total trust club amid drug investigation
It's a watershed moment, that's for sure. It's a very serious instance but it's also chance to be able to make sure the integrity of the game can be the hallmark.
DESPITE claiming Stephen Dank only had a brief stint at their club, the Brisbane Lions have vowed to check what the controversial sport scientist did was "above board".
And Lions coach Michael Voss has welcomed the prospect of a whistleblower amnesty in the AFL in light of the Australian Crime Commission's (ACC) investigation that uncovered systemic drug use in sport with links to organised crime.
Voss confirmed on Friday that Dank, who is at the centre of the supplements scandal engulfing Essendon, had a "limited" consultancy role at the Lions in 2009.
But after probes into the possible misuse of supplements by Dank at the Dons and NRL outfit Manly this week, Voss said on Friday that the Lions were compelled to check what had happened under his watch.
"It would be negligent not to. But he (Dank) had limited involvement and I am not concerned at all," Voss said.
Worried that all sports had been "tarred with the same brush" following the ACC's dramatic findings, Voss believed the AFL should cut some slack for players who wished to aid the explosive investigation.
"I would encourage whistleblowers to come forward - we want to move on," he said.
"The last thing we want is the innocent to be implicated. At the moment, that cloud is hanging over the whole code.
"If the AFL wants to instigate a whistleblower policy, then I welcome it."
Voss said it was "always in the back of the mind" that his players might have taken supplements not thoroughly researched but believed his club had nothing to fear as the spotlight focused on Australian sport following the ACC's report.
"I trust the people we have in place. I trust our program - I have no concerns," Voss said.
"It (cheats) is always in the back of the mind. We really try to ram into the players and everyone, everything we do must go through the doctors.
"If you put anything in your mouth, you are responsible for it.
"That's why I stand here confidently and say I believe we are looking good."
Voss said he had "every faith" in the current AFL drug testing regime but was counting down the days until the cheats signalled by the ACC report were exposed.
"I think everyone is looking forward to that moment," he said.
"I think the fans are - we are. Until that happens, I guess everyone is implicated."
Voss also described assistant coach Shane Woewodin's involvement in 2000 with subsequently convicted drug trafficker Shane Charter as a "silly question".
But on the question of cleaning up the game, the 1996 Brownlow medallist was clear.
Voss encouraged any extra testing that may be required and was all-for the AFL's proposed whistleblower system.
"As a sport we clearly don't accept it and we look forward to what the findings show and then we get the chance to eradicate it from the sport," he said.
"It's a good little wake-up call for everyone to review how you go about things and the way you do things, but also a chance that if there is any suspicion to be able to eradicate it and then we can move on.
"It's a watershed moment, that's for sure. It's a very serious instance but it's also chance to be able to make sure the integrity of the game can be the hallmark and be always guarded."
Michael Whiting covers Brisbane Lions news for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_mikewhiting