Former Gold Coast ruckman Brayden Crossley will be eligible to play senior football again on June 28 after accepting a 12-month ban for an anti-doping violation in 2019.
However he returns to a different footballing landscape than the one he left with football in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic with the mid-season draft abandoned and the size of club’s lists uncertain.
The Age reported on the likely outcome in February and on Tuesday the AFL released a statement onfirming that Crossley had accepted a 12-month sanction after returning a positive test for a prohibited substance in a match day test after he had played for the Gold Coast in the NEAFL on May 25, 2019.
Crossley had tested positive for the presence of Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine however in their statement the AFL said they “accepted that Crossley’s anti-doping rule violation was not intentional, and that Crossley bore no significant fault or negligence within the meaning of that term under the code.”
The 20-year-old played 10 games in 2018 but was delisted at the end of 2019. However he remains hopeful of finding his way back on to an AFL list at some point.