Suns players trudge off the ground after the round eight loss to Collingwood earlier this year. AFL Media.

The AFL will step in if any Gold Coast player fails to cooperate with the club during interviews regarding the illicit drug scandal, which began yesterday.

The AFL’s integrity officers will head to the Gold Coast to assist in investigations after Karmichael Hunt’s explosive claims to Queensland Police.

The Herald Sun revealed that one of the players named as using cocaine in Hunt’s apartment is prepared to sign a statutory declaration stating he was not present at the time. It follows several other Suns players who have also contradicted Hunt’s statement.

The player’s manger says his player was definitely not present.

“He definitely wasn’t there. I can guarantee you 100 per cent my player wasn’t there. How can it be that (he was named),’’ he told the Herald Sun.

It is understood that the Gold Coast Suns and the AFL are aware of the players named by Hunt in his statement, while the club are keen to contact Hunt’s legal team to discuss the voracity of the claims.