Sacked Brisbane AFL star Brendan Fevola will take an anti-alcohol drug for the rest of his playing career, according to his management.
Fevola, who is set to sign a controversial deal to play for Melbourne’s VFL affiliate club Casey, is committed to remaining sober, Velocity Management says.
Velocity spokesman Peter Blucher said that if the troubled player drank while using the medication he could become violently ill.
Fevola, who was undergoing a rehab program for gambling, depression and alcohol when he was sacked by the Lions, aims to resurrect his playing career with the Casey Scorpions.
The 30-year-old checked out of the Brisbane rehabilitation clinic on Monday and returned to Melbourne.
Blucher said he would train with the club on Tuesday and Thursday this week and then train again following a brief overseas holiday.
Blucher said that he was “very confident” Fevola would not return to drinking after completing his lengthy rehab stint.
“For a start he’s taking an anti-alcohol drug which makes it impossible because if he drinks on this drug he virtually becomes unconscious straight away,” Bulcher told SEN radio on Tuesday.
“He has to commit to take that of course and that’s a commitment he’s given.
“It stays in his system for a couple of weeks and he’s committed to doing that for the duration of his sporting career.”
He said Fevola had not yet signed a contract with Casey but that was not far away.
“He’s going overseas for a holiday. He’ll come back and train again with the club and all things being equal and everybody being happy we’ll look to have a contract in place at that time.
“It’s a bit of an engagement prior to a wedding and that’s a pretty short-term thing.
“Casey needs to be convinced that Fev’s going there with the right intentions.
“As far as we’re concerned he certainly is.
“He’s sees it as two things – a chance to get his footy back on track and also to have a positive influence on some young guys who have been trying to get to the level that he’s been at for a long time.”
Blucher said he was certain the wayward goal kicker’s hell-raising days were over and said the player had even taken the decision several times to remain longer in rehab after being given medical clearances to leave.
The Melbourne AFL club is furious that Casey is in talks with Fevola because it says it wants to use the forward position to develop its younger players.
Demons chief executive Cameron Schwab said Fevola could find himself playing at fullback for the Scorpions as Melbourne was determined to give its young spearheads more experience.