COUNTRY football league chiefs have warned that performance-enhancing drugs may be in use in local sport.
The revelation has followed last week's bombshell Australian Crime Commission report into organised crime and drugs in sport.
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Football Geelong chief executive Lee Hartman said he was certain banned substances were a problem in country footy.
"There is no doubt it is an issue," Mr Hartman said.
"Supplements are readily available at local gyms, (and) we neither have the resources to monitor nor the ability to test players, so for us it comes back to education for individuals to make decisions."
Ovens and Murray general manager Aaron McGlynn said while there was no evidence to suggest an issue in his league, "it would be naive to think banned substances weren't in use to some degree".
While country footballers are bound by the same anti-doping code as AFL players, AFL Victoria general manager Grant Williams refused to reveal if any local-level players had been tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
When asked if AFL Victoria was aware of any issues involving performance-enhancing drugs in country footy, Mr Williams said he was "bound by confidentiality".
"It is extremely important that ASADA protects the integrity of the testing program and for this reason ASADA does not discuss the specific operational aspects of its testing program," Mr Williams said.
Country league chiefs told The Weekly Times they were unaware of testing ever having been conducted in local footy.
Mr McGlynn said drug education programs offered by leagues had been focused on recreational drugs and alcohol, rather than banned substances.
Mr Williams said the AFL was developing an anti-doping education resource for community leagues, clubs and players.
Meanwhile, the AFL has closed a rules loophole that saw ex-Carlton spearhead Brendan Fevola able to align with three clubs in three weeks last year.
Under the old National Player Transfer Regulations, players had to remain registered with clubs to which they transferred for 28 days, but could be released to other clubs within that time on day permits. Now they must wait 28 days until they can transfer or get a day permit.