Gold Coast Suns defender Mac Andrew has been charged by Queensland police for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Suns released a statement on Saturday afternoon confirming Andrew had been stopped by police during the early hours of the morning for the purposes of a roadside blood alcohol test.

The club confirmed he failed the test, and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released and will appear in court during January.

Club general manager of performance Wayne Campbell said Andrew understands the consequences of his actions.

“Mac has made a poor decision and understands that he has let a number of people down, as well as the club and the wider Gold Coast community,” Campbell said in the statement.

“He understands the severity of his actions and has shown remorse and as a club we will now look to support Mac and help him through the situation.”

The Suns also confirmed that a further sanction would follow against Andrew, however, it would not be decided until he meets with members of club management and the leadership group after training resumes on January 9.

Andrew, who was taken at Pick 5 in the 2021 national draft, has recently celebrated his 19th birthday, having made two appearances at the back end of the 2022 AFL season in what was his debut.

His first AFL game came in Round 20 against the West Coast Eagles, with Andrew the first Egyptian-born player to play in the AFL.

The Suns confirmed his sanction will be released publically once it is confirmed, but no further comment will be made until that time.