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Dockers forward takes personal leave following new charge

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Shane Yarran of the Dockers warms up during the 2016 AFL Round 18 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Media)
Shane Yarran has been granted personal leave by the Dockers

FREMANTLE forward Shane Yarran has been granted personal leave from the club following a new charge of unlawful wounding. 

The alleged incident occurred in July 2015, before being drafted by the Dockers.

The 27-year-old made a brief court appearance on Tuesday in relation to a charge of aggravated common assault. Yarran intends to plead not guilty to the charge.

"We have accepted Shane’s request for personal leave, which will allow him to concentrate on his personal life and also focus on some off-field matters," Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said.

"We have been assisting Shane in dealing with these matters and will continue to do so.

“Shane's return from personal leave will be assessed in consultation with him.

"The details around this most recent allegation, which allegedly occurred in mid-2015, are yet to be fully understood by the club.

"An allegation of this nature is treated with the utmost seriousness by the club and we will continue to monitor the legal process closely.

"As the matter is still before the courts, the club will not comment further until the matter is resolved."