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Club has moved on: Little

Matt Thompson  April 1, 2015 4:16 PM

BTV: Little meets with AFL - April 1, 2015 Essendon Chairman Paul Little speaks with AFL.com.au

Essendon chairman Paul Little says his club has already moved on from the 26-month supplements scandal, even while ASADA considers an appeal.

ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday an appeal remains "a live option," but the Bombers concede it's out of their hands.

“We've moved on now, it's appropriate that we should, and it's really up to him what he wants to do next," Little told AFL.com.au in his first response to McDevitt's media conference.

Little and Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell met with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan and general counsel Andrew Dillon for about an hour at AFL House on Wednesday afternoon.

A relieved Little appeared in a conciliatory mood outside League headquarters. But he refused to be drawn into a possible ASADA appeal.

"It's always been a live option, we recognise that, they've got 21 days (to decide whether to appeal) and really it's a matter for ASADA and we won't be giving ASADA advice on that," Little said.

"I really don't know, I hope that there isn't an appeal, but clearly it's something that they're still probably deliberating over and it's their call."

Little's meeting with McLachlan was as much symbolic as it was practical, and he's encouraging Bombers fans to unite behind League headquarters.

"Now I think we've got a unique opportunity for the Essendon members and fans to embrace the benefit that the AFL can deliver for the club."

"I think we both feel now, that both Essendon and the AFL have had a very fair hearing and we just need to move on."

Little wouldn't be drawn on Stephen Dank's return to the public spotlight in the wake of the not guilty verdict.

"We'd like everyone to quieten down," he said.

"We've been through two and a half years of stress and tension, a lot of that was lifted yesterday, it's now time to think about footy."

The club has invited fans to training on Thursday, as the team rushes to prepare for Saturday's clash with the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium.

A day after the Anti-Doping Tribunal's dramatic announcement, Little was clearly relieved.

"I've got to say I'm a lot different, it's been quite a journey, and it'll probably take a few days to fully sink in, but no I'm feeling a lot more relaxed," he said.