Superstar Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver is set to face court after allegedly driving with a licence that was suspended on medical grounds, 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary has revealed.
The 26-year-old, who has endured a disastrous off-season, was banned from driving after being hospitalised by a seizure in October.
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But Oliver allegedly refused to abide by doctors’ orders, getting behind the wheel in the aftermath of his medical episode.
He was pulled over by police and charged with driving while his licence was suspended. He is due to face court in early January.
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In a statement, the Demons told 7NEWS Oliver informed the club of his indiscretion.
“Clayton advised the club immediately following an incident where Victoria Police stopped him for driving while his licence was suspended on medical grounds,” the club said.
“This was in relation to the time he spent in the hospital following a seizure.”
Clayton Oliver is headed for court. Credit: Getty
It completes a disastrous 2023 for the premiership star, who battled injury for most of a year that had, until the hamstrings setbacks, already been sub-par by his high-performing standards.
He was then forced to meet with club leaders amid intense trade speculation that dominated the days leading up to this year’s trade period.
Oliver later vowed to improve his professionalism and see out his seven-year, $7 million contract.
That was all before his stint in hospital, where he arrived by ambulance, which was the result of a head knock, the club said in October.
“The hospital completed a number of tests and Clayton has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home,” Melbourne said at the time.
“The club will continue to work with Clayton and his medical support team to ensure he receives all the necessary treatment.”
He was put through a series of scans and assessments before being discharged and picked up by friends.
Clayton Oliver at Footscray Hospital. Credit: Seven
The club held crisis talks on the eve of the trade period to discuss if Oliver’s future was at the club or elsewhere.
His professionalism was called into question during a troubled season.
He only managed 15 games for the season, missing 10, and ended up in hospital with a foot infection that was, according to the club, caused by a blister.