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Demons mid avoids suspension despite drink driving charge

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Clayton Oliver of the Demons in action during the Melbourne Demons training session at Gosch's Paddock in Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Clayton Oliver is 'embarrassed' by his pre-season actions

EMERGING Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver has avoided suspension despite being charged for drink driving over the pre-season. 

Oliver will instead be forced to source his own road safety education and organise an expert to present to the players on the dangers of drink driving and the link to road trauma.

The 19-year-old has also been fined an undisclosed amount by the Demons, understood to be a four-figure sum, which will be donated to a yet-to-be-determined cause. 

Oliver stood up in front of the entire playing group on Wednesday afternoon to apologise for his indiscretion.

"Clayton is embarrassed by his actions and understands that he has let himself and others down," Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney told AFL.com.au.

"He also understands how fortunate he was that no one was injured, nor was there any property damaged." 

The Demons' leadership group met recently to determine Oliver's punishment, which was ticked off by the AFL, after he failed a roadside breath test while on his leave period.

Mahoney said the penalties were appropriate, given Oliver had already lost his driver's licence and been financially sanctioned by police.

Oliver, still on his P-plates, informed the club of his breach when he returned to training in November.

P-platers are required to have a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.00 to operate a vehicle in Victoria.

Oliver, who averaged 19.2 disposals per game in his first season, has had a slow start to this pre-season and has been training with the rehab group as he looks to return his fitness levels to an acceptable standard.

Pick No.4 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, Oliver played 13 matches in his first season at AFL level and received the round one nomination for the 2016 NAB AFL Rising Star award. 

The talented youngster is seen as part of Melbourne's best 22, however he will be a much more accomplished player when he improves his endurance and finds a way to win more uncontested possessions. 

Oliver's ability to win the footy in the tight confines of a pack and dish the ball out to teammates will be an important element of Melbourne's style of play under new coach Simon Goodwin.

Port Adelaide suspended Jarman Impey and Aidyn Johnson for round one after their crash-and-run incident at the weekend. 

Both players were fined $5000 by the Power's leadership group in what was a serious breach of their responsibility as AFL footballers.