Monfries not the same after drug ban

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Monfries played 211 games for the Bombers and Power, but missed the entirety of 2016 after the ASADA decision to suspend 32 players involved in the Essendon supplements saga.

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Angus Monfries has no regrets after 211 games with Essendon and Port Adelaide.

Angus Monfries has no regrets after 211 games with Essendon and Port Adelaide.Source:Supplied

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“I think the whole situation wasn’t an ideal one … but I’ve got no bitterness,” Monfries said on SEN Breakfast this morning.

“Things happen in footy and obviously as a footy club and as an individual, you would have done things a little bit differently.

“But I don’t look back with any bitterness, it was just the cards that were dealt at the time (I’m) more than happy to move on and forget about it.”

Monfries said the decision to retire was easy after he was unable to recapture the form at the Power that made him a star at Essendon.

“I think the year off didn’t help me at my age and I just couldn’t find the form required to play at that top level again,” he said.

“I felt like the year off probably gave me a little bit of a chance to freshen up the body and get a couple of other things right, but then did a little bit of a shoulder injury at the end of the year in 2016 and was chasing my tail a bit after that so couldn’t quite get to where I wanted to go this year.”

The 30-year-old said he was proud of a career that yielded 248 goals.

“I’d say that I can look back and I can be pretty proud,” he said.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play at two great footy clubs and been involved in a number of finals campaigns and a lot of big games.

“I feel very lucky to have had the journey that I have.”

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