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Leading law firm Slater and Gordon has today confirmed an in-principle agreement has been reached between Essendon Football Club and 18 current and former players who suffered losses as a result of the club’s 2012 supplements program.

Slater and Gordon Class Action Lawyer Patrick Gordon said while the settlement amounts were confidential, the result is vindication for the players.

“All issues in these 18 cases have been agreed in-principle and, subject to the paperwork now being satisfactory and being executed by our clients, the cases will be formally resolved in the next several days,” Mr Gordon said.

“These players were innocent participants in the supplements program. They were given assurances that all supplements they were receiving had been approved from people who they thought they could trust."

“No player at any time intended to breach their obligations under the AFL Anti-Doping Code and any such breach that occurred was due to the players being misled about the nature of the supplements they received.

“They now hope to move on with their lives and careers, both within and outside the AFL.

"The negotiations with the Essendon Football club have been complex and we acknowledge the constructive approach of the Essendon Football Club and in particular, its CEO Xavier Campbell in resolving these matters.”

Slater and Gordon Class Action Lawyers Patrick Gordon and Julie Clayton are available for interview upon request.