Brayden Crossley could be free to play mid-year as 12-month ban likely

Former Gold Coast ruckman Brayden Crossley remains a chance to resume his AFL career in the middle of this year with the 20-year-old expected to accept a 12-month suspension for breaching the AFL anti-doping code.

The penalty would see the promising prospect back training before this year’s AFL mid-season draft to be held in May and available to play senior football in the final week of June if a club was prepared to take a punt on him.

Crossley has not played since June 15 last year after being provisionally suspended after he was notified that he had allegedly tested positive on match day for cocaine metabolite in a sample taken on May 25 when he played for the Gold Coast NEAFL team against the Sydney Swans.

Brayden Crossley.Credit:AAP

Crossley, drafted by the Suns out of their Gold Coast Academy at No.52 in 2017, was able to train with the Suns before being delisted under the terms of the provisional suspension.


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