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Tigers' new recruit in hot water

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Matt Murnane

IT HASN'T taken long for Aaron Edwards to find himself in trouble at his new club. The former North Melbourne forward was locked up by police after a night of drinking in the city within two days of being traded to Richmond.

It's understood Edwards, 28, was fined about $500 for being drunk in a public place about 12.30am in Collins Street on Sunday morning and spent about four hours in jail before being released.

Edwards, who was acquired by Richmond on Friday in a deal that sent the Tigers' No. 74 draft pick to the Roos, faces discipline from his new club.

Richmond officials yesterday confirmed the incident in a statement, in which it revealed Edwards was not charged by police, but refused to make any further comment.

The Tigers showed last year that they were serious about punishing players who strayed off-field. Star midfielder Dustin Martin was suspended for two games for missing a training session after mixing alcohol with prescription sleeping pills, while teammate Daniel Connors was sacked from the club for his part in the episode.

Edwards has a history of bad behaviour off the field. Four years ago, the forward was caught in the off-season for speeding and refusing an alcohol test. He was fined $5000 and suspended by North for the entire pre-season and the first four matches of 2009.

That came after another incident two years earlier when Edwards was ejected for being drunk at a Lionel Richie concert at a winery in regional Victoria. The Kangaroos also fined him on that occasion.

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