AFL players will be named publicly, fined and suspended for four matches if they record a second strike by testing positive to illicit drugs under the League’s new illicit drugs policy.

Under the new policy – which AFL football operations boss Mark Evans on Wednesday branded as tougher – players will receive a $5000 suspended fine for their first strike but will remain anonymous while receiving counselling and target testing.

Their name will be made public on the second strike, as they serve a four-match suspension.

A third strike will incur a 12-match suspension.