BRAYDEN Crossley has been delisted by Gold Coast less than three months after investigations began on an alleged match-day drugs transgression.
The 20-year-old was one of three more players cut by the Suns, along with veteran Aaron Young and untried defender Harrison Wigg.
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Josh Schoenfeld will also be delisted, but the club has committed to picking him up in the 2019 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
The announcement was not a surprise but continues a tough stretch for Crossley.
In early August the Suns Academy graduate was notified by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority of an irregular drugs test following a NEAFL match in May.
Crossley faces a four-year ban if found guilty.
"Brayden is a local Gold Coast product and someone who has progressed through the Gold Coast Academy pathway," general manager of football operations Jon Haines said in a statement.
"Brayden has had to navigate his way through an extremely challenging period recently, and he has conducted himself with class and maturity throughout.
"As a club we will continue to support him and his family wherever possible."
Crossley played 10 games in his debut season in 2018, but did not play a senior game in 2019.
After 76 games for Port Adelaide, Young headed to Gold Coast ahead of the 2018 season.
He played every game that year, but struggled to earn a spot last season, eventually earning selection in his 100th career game in the final round against Greater Western Sydney.
Wigg spent three years at Adelaide and two at the Suns, but never made his debut due to a spate of injuries, including an ACL tear at training in February.