Picture: George Salpigtidis. Source: Herald Sun.

Gold Coast’s Harley Bennell has apologised for his drug use and refuted claims that he has a drug problem.

Bennell sat down with AFL.com.au’s Michael Whiting and apologised to the Suns for the decisions he made and took responsibility for his actions.

“It was just a stupid decision I made and it was one decision I would never want another young footballer to go through,’’ he said.

“I have made some stupid decisions in the last four or five years but I reckon my best footy is still ahead of me, my career is at the crossroads and I don’t want this to ever happen again.

“I apologise to the Gold Coast Suns supporters and I apologise to my friends and family who have been with me over the journey and I hope to repay the faith.’’

When asked if he has or had a drug problem, the 22-year-old said: “No I don’t. No I didn’t, I just made some poor choices in my life.”

Bennell said that he wants to remain with the Suns for the rest of his career.

“I don’t want to leave the football club, I love this football club and I want to stay here,’’ he said.

“Football is everything to me, when I was young I grew kicking the footy in the backyard with my brothers.

“I always wanted to play AFL, the life I want to live is playing AFL.’’

The former No. 2 pick in the Ntaional Draft admitted that he thought he might be sacked by the Suns after photos were published of Bennell with lines of speed.

“There was the thought of getting sacked,” he said.

“I had to ring Marcus (Ashcroft) to see if I still had a contract and he said ‘yes’.

“I still have two years left on my contract. I don’t want to leave the football club. I love this football club and I want to stay here.”

Bennell will play his first game since the photos were published, this Saturday against the Crows.