Essendon coach James Hird has taken a more defiant approach to the AFL club's doping crisis, saying it will fight for its reputation.
Earlier this week, Bombers assistant coach Mark Thompson admitted the controversy had left him feeling embarrassed.
But Hird vowed yesterday that the Bombers would not let the situation overwhelm them.
"Our footy club is going to fight to prove where we're at and we're not walking around with our heads bowed," Hird said. "We're walking around proud of our footy club."
Essendon is under an anti- doping investigation after it went to the league with concerns about supplements that its players took last season.
Two days ago, the Bombers also announced an external review of the club operations in the wake of what chairman David Evans called "irregular practices".
"I'm not anxious - we just want the truth," Hird said of the review. "David Evans wants the truth, the football club wants the truth, the supporters want the truth, and that's what we're after.
"Once that comes out, we'll be able to get on and play football.
"If we have to be distracted during the week, we will be."
Essendon is also dealing with another issue this week with its trip to Wangaratta for today's preseason match against Richmond.
A year ago, the Bombers were a laughing stock when they had to forfeit a preseason game against St Kilda in the same town.
They decided to fly to Wangaratta, rather than travel by bus, and the plan fell apart when they could not land because of bad weather. Essendon has held a community camp in the area this week and Hird said it had been given a good reception.
"It will be great for the people of Wangaratta and so far up here they have been terrific," Hird said.
Essendon will welcome back captain Jobe Watson, but boom recruit Joe Daniher will not play.
There was plenty of speculation that Daniher, who joined the club under the father-son rule, would make his Essendon debut in Wangaratta after a strong intra- club hit-out last weekend.
"Joe played very well in our intra-club. We just think there are a number of players who need some game time," Hird said.
"Paddy Ryder needs some game time and we'd hopefully look to play Joe in the next few weeks."
Hird added that Daniher was close to playing at senior level.
"If Joe's ready, he'll definitely play and he's showing some signs he will be ready," Hird said.