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By Roger Vaughan

MELBOURNE, July 31 AAP - James Hird drove Essendon's controversial supplements program and has been untouchable at the AFL club, according to a central figure in the crisis.

Former Bombers fitness coach Dean Robinson also claims Hird's house was once raided by Australian Federal Police over a drugs investigation.

In a paid interview with Channel Seven on Wednesday, Robinson made several explosive claims about the scandal and revealed he contemplated suicide after the AFL club stood him down.

Robinson said Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis was the only player who did not become involved in last year's controversial supplements program.

The fitness coach accused Hird of having "30-odd" injections of the drug Hexarelin, which is banned for players but not coaches.

Robinson said senior figures at the club, including former chief executive Ian Robson, knew exactly what was going on with the supplements program.

The Channel Seven interview also showed a $60,000 invoice for various treatments that is said to have caused the sacking of sports scientist Stephen Dank from the club last September.

Following the resignations of Robson and chairman David Evans, Hird is the most senior figure left at Essendon connected to the anti-doping crisis.

Robinson was stood down when the crisis broke on February 5 and resigned from Essendon last week.

He intends to sue the club.

Hird, arguably the most famous figure in Essendon history, is adamant he is innocent of any wrong-doing.

"It was a boys' club - whatever James Hird wanted, James Hird got," Robinson said.

"It was no expense spared, it was 'whatever it takes'.

"That was James Hird's attitude.

"His actions, the way he's handled himself, I have no respect for the guy any more.

"If he was honourable, he would stand down.

"... James Hird drove everything."

Asked if he had confronted Hird about the supplements program, Robinson said: "Who challenges James Hird at Essendon?

"I tried a couple of times but I learnt pretty quickly that was something you don't do."

Robinson said when Dank joined Essendon on September 28, 2011, the pair went to Hird's home that night.

"That night it got raised about his house being raided in regards to the Shane Charter drug conviction," Robinson said.

"He told us that at 5am ... his house got raided.

"They went through cereal boxes, cupboards, everywhere, looking for things.

"This shocked Steve and I."

Seven said they had sought comment from the Australian Federal Police about Robinson's claim.

Charter, who was once Hird's personal trainer, is a convicted drug dealer.

Asked about the claim of a raid on Hird's house, an Essendon spokesman said: "not only is this incorrect, it is typical of the outrageous nature of Robinson's claims."

Asked if he was remorseful about the supplements program, Robinson admitted there was a moral question.

"But the leadership group didn't have an issue with this - only one player out of Essendon didn't want to be involved. David Zaharakis," he said.

ASADA are close to finishing their investigation with the club.

Robinson also spoke about the claim first raised in April that Dank injected Hird with Hexarelin.

He said he saw Dank injecting the Essendon coach.

"I can confirm my lawyers have spoken with Steve Dank and he said that he did inject James Hird with Hexarelin on 30-odd occasions," Robinson said.

"I would be estimating they were weekly or bi-weekly injections for at least half the season.

"In this whole thing, his story has changed - he said he never had any injections, 'aw, I had two, I didn't know what they were'.

"Well, we know that's not the truth."

The Essendon spokesman said of Robinson's Hexarelin claim: "this is an outrageous claim and will be legally challenged."

Robinson added that he once raised concerns with Robson about the supplements regime.

"He said 'I will put it to you in my terms - I'm an accountant ... at the end of the day, I have no problem with tax minimisation, but I have a problem with tax avoidance'," Robinson said.

"Which says, to me ... 'I'm happy if you push to the edge'.

"They knew what was going on ... no-one was hiding anything, because we didn't think we were doing anything wrong.

"So they knew from the top of the club all the way through."

Robinson also claimed:

* At one stage last year, senior Essendon official Danny Corcoran threatened that the club would ruin the fitness coach unless he resigned. Corcoran denies that conversation happened.

* Hird talked of Collingwood taking supplements that were undetectable.

Asked if the injections did the players much good, Robinson replied: "If you really ask me 'did they work?', I don't think they did."

The Seven program also showed an invoice for supplements and treatments that features the names of 34 Essendon players.

Soon after that invoice for about $60,000 arrived at the club last September, Dank was sacked.

"Steve (Dank) was keeping the invoices to himself," Robinson said.

"I do not know what this amino acid is (mentioned in the invoice), to this day."

Robinson also claimed the Bombers effectively kicked him out on the street when their anti-doping crisis broke on February 5.

He resigned from Essendon last week and is planning legal action against the club.

He said the only thing that stopped him trying to kill himself was his family.

Robinson and wife Tori are the parents of two sets of twins aged under four.

"There were numerous days where I thought about suicide," he said.

"I've chosen the knife, chosen exactly how I'd do it and been within seconds of it.

"The worst thing is walking in and seeing my kids and realising that everything I've worked for ... Essendon (are) targeting me.

"The only thing that pulled me out was seeing my little girl.

"The impact on my family has been the worst."

 

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