Carlisle returns

AFL 2015 Training - St Kilda 271115Key defender Jake Carlisle has returned to Linen House Centre today to begin a two-month transition period ahead of his anti-doping suspension ending on 13 November 2016.

As one of 34 past and present Essendon players serving the suspension, Carlisle will be permitted to train at St Kilda until the full period of ineligibility concludes in two months’ time.

St Kilda Football Club has sought advice from ASADA regarding remaining restrictions including his inability to participate in club directed media, commercial and promotional activities during this period.

The 24-year-old will meet with members of the football department today to devise a training program ahead of joining the first to four year players when they return for pre-season training on Monday 7 November.

General Manager – Football Performance Jamie Cox said the club has been looking forward to Carlisle’s return in adherence with the terms of the transition period.

“Both the club and Jake are excited for his return and we think this period will be the perfect opportunity for him to keep learning about our club and get himself into the best physical condition for day one of pre-season,” Cox said.

“In compliance with ASADA directions, Jake will take part in activities such as training and team meetings allowing him to prepare for his return to playing football once the ban is lifted.”

During his period away from the club, Carlisle has worked in construction, undergone a minor hip procedure and caught up with St Kilda teammates socially.

“Jake’s used this period to develop himself away from footy as well as prepare for his return,” Cox said.

“He’s made a full recovery from the hip procedure that he underwent earlier this year and will be looking to make up for lost playing time.

“It’s been an exciting year both on and off the field for the Saints and while Jake has been attending home games and catching up socially with teammates, I’m sure he’s eager to be properly involved with the club again.”

St Kilda secured Carlisle during the 2015 trade period in a move that allowed the club to retain a first round selection (pick No.14) used to recruit exciting midfielder Jade Gresham.

Carlisle’s St Kilda-imposed two-game sanction has been served concurrently as part of his anti-doping suspension, allowing him to be eligible for selection for 2017 pre-season games.