SYDNEY, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Australian football club Essendon's coach James Hird has been offered a new contract by the club for 2014 and beyond after the Australian Football League (AFL) Commission confirmed on Tuesday night he was banned for 12 months, local media reported on Wednesday.
Essendon chairman Paul Little said the club had agreed to a new contract for Hird, for possibly two or three years, once he serves his suspension.
"There is an undertaking there for James to continue at Essendon once he serves his sentence," Little told reporters.
"There is no doubt in my mind he took these penalties so the club could move on," Little said.
Essendon, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian Football League (AFL) member, which have been fined 2 million AU dollars (1.8 million U.S. dollars) and thrown out of 2013 AFL finals as punishment for their 2012 supplements scandal.
The Bombers have been stripped of their first and second round draft picks for 2013 and 2014.
Essendon's football manager Danny Corcoran has been suspended for six months and assistant coach Mark Thompson was fined 30,000 AU dollars (26,870 U.S. dollars).