14 Jun 2014

Coach takes on ASADA

10:13 am on 14 June 2014

Banned Essendon coach James Hird has joined the AFL club in launching legal action against Australia's national anti-doping agency ASADA.

The stunning news of Hird's personal legal challenge came only a few hours after the Bombers announced on Friday they were going to the Federal Court.

A search of the Federal Court listings shows Hird will join the Bombers in going before Justice John Middleton on June 27 for first directions.

Hird is serving a 12-month AFL suspension because of the club's controversial 2012 supplements scandal.

He told newspaper the Herald Sun that he has always believed that no Essendon player has taken performance enhancing drugs or broken ASADA, WADA or AFL laws.