AFL Diversity Manager Ali Fahour has announced that he will 'seek professional help' after he was forced to resign from his AFL role in the fallout of his knockout punch that will see him de-registered from playing all forms of suburban football. Hearing the news yesterday, suspended Melbourne player Tomas Bugg has told ASW that he would also like to seek external coaching to help him with his violent on-field behaviour.
"I'm kind of embarrassed at my actions, and I recognise there's a lot of room for me to improve," said Bugg.
"Fahour got an initial 14-week suspension and a lifetime ban. I only got six weeks. After Bachar (Houli) only got four for his off-the-ball punch I thought I was in pretty good shape, but this one has really opened my eyes and given me perspective.
"I'm nowhere near where I need to be."
Bugg is expected to seek out coaching from Glenn Rushton, trainer of the current WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn who defeated Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane on Sunday.
"He has potential. His left jab is good, much better than Houli's roundhouse," said Rushton.
"But there's still a lot to work on.
"One thing he needs to do is work on being more intimidating. So much of boxing goes on between the ears. If you can get in the opponent's head, you're already halfway there. I'm gonna work on toughening him up - making him believe he's a real fighter. Start on body image. There's this cool tattoo parlour in South Melbourne, City of Ink, I reckon he should head down there and make himself look hard."
Bachar Houli says he won't seek any further coaching on his punching technique after his miserly four-week suspension.
"When the boys needed some help with this sort of heavy-handed thing we always used to go to Vickery. He had all the connections. But now he's left the club, which is a shame."