WAFL 2021: Former Peel Thunder midfielder Michael Randall could start preseason despite testing positive


Suspended Peel footballer Michael Randall could start preseason training next month if he receives the same penalty applied to Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne in 2017.

Payne was banned from driving for four weeks after testing positive for phentermine, a banned weight loss drug.

Randall was suspended for the last game of the WAFL season in August after testing positive for phentermine in a match day test a month earlier.

The tough midfielder intends to seek clearance from East Perth and may be able to start preseason training with the Royals if he receives a penalty similar to that of the Victorian jockey.

At least five other WAFL clubs are interested in recruiting the 21-year-old who trained with Fremantle this year and has become a regular and influential player in the league.

Payne became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup riding Prince of Penzance in 2015.

She tested positive for phentermine two years later and was given a four-week driving ban after a hearing before the Racing Victoria commissioners.

Her father Paddy Payne later revealed that his daughter had used the prescribed weight loss drug Neuroform.

It is understood that Randall has fully cooperated with the WA Football Commission and Sport Integrity Australia and is now awaiting a date for a court hearing.

Phentermine is present in legal drugs used to suppress appetite, but is prohibited in sports because it is a stimulant that can cause potential harm to athletes.

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