GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Brayden Crossley runs during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session on November 26, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Suns big man Brayden Crossley is facing a lengthy ban from the game after testing positive to cocaine on match day in the NEAFL, as first reported by The Courier Mail. 

The 19-year old tested positive on match day which is considered to be performance enhancing, and could carry a maximum four-year ban.

ASADA are currently conducting an investigation as he awaits the return of a B sample test. Crossley’s A sample from the May 25 NEAFL game showed traces of a cocaine metabolite.

He has been absent from the club on a provisional ban since June 29, when he was made aware of his positive test.

The Suns released the following statement on its club website:

“We have been notified that Brayden Crossley has received notification of an adverse analytical finding from a recent test by ASADA under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code.

“The club supports the role of ASADA and will fully cooperate during this process.

“We are continuing to provide Brayden with wellbeing support and want to stress that it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of the matter at this time.

“Brayden has sought independent legal advice to assist him going forward.

“The club’s public commentary on this issue is governed by strict protocols, and as such under the Australia