Lawyers for Mark "Bomber" Thompson say the AFL great had no financial need to sell drugs, as they prepare to fight trafficking charges linked to a police raid.
Thompson's Port Melbourne home was raided in January and further details of the police search were revealed when the former Essendon champion returned to court on Tuesday.
A set of scales, 134 grams of ecstasy and a cigarette butt with Thompson's DNA were allegedly found in a locked room nearby where he slept.
Police say they also found in an upstairs area a magnetic lock box containing the drugs MDMA, ice, Xanax and a single LSD tab, along with Thompson's DNA.
But lawyers say the ecstasy did not belong to Thompson.
"It would make no sense for my client to be involved, in his circumstances," defence barrister Peter Matthews told Melbourne Magistrates Court.
"There is no financial incentive. No financial need."
Thompson, 54, is set to fight the charges in a three-day contested hearing scheduled for June 2019.
The court was told a plea offer by Thompson was rejected by prosecutors.
The former Geelong coach and Essendon premiership player is facing eight charges, including three counts of drug trafficking and four of drug possession.
Thompson remains on bail and must report to police weekly as he awaits his contested hearing.