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Suns quiz players over drugs controversy

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Karmichael Hunt of the Suns in action during the 2013 NAB Cup round 02 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
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GOLD COAST remains confident its players will not be caught up in the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation that has led to former player Karmichael Hunt facing drug charges.

Despite its confidence, coach Rodney Eade said no-one could be 100 per cent sure they would not be implicated. 

In a meeting at the club on Monday, the Suns asked their players to come forward if they had any information in regard to the ongoing investigation.  

"When they (the players) arrived back at the club (after the weekend), the senior coach (Rodney Eade), the general manager of football operations (Marcus Ashcroft) and myself met with them and re-emphasised the seriousness of the matter," Suns CEO Andrew Travis told ABC Gold Coast.

"And we said if anyone had information that our expectation would be that they would come and share that with us as a club, and nobody's come forward at this point in time."

Travis said the club had worked closely with the AFL in assisting them with their investigations.

At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Eade said the Suns had not received any information that made them think their club would be caught up in the controversy.

"There's no information at all that has come to us," Eade said. 

"The longer it goes, it gives the scuttlebutt less credibility as well.

"There's quite a few players that have come and said they aren't involved, don't know anything about it, so I think there was a bit of shock, yeah."

He said the club was taking a realistic approach but had no information linking the Suns to any impropriety.

"I think any sporting team in Australia, male and female, you're never going to be 100 per cent certain of anything are you?

"You're never 100 per cent sure of what players do off-field. But you have an ongoing education process ... and you just keep your fingers crossed."

Eade – who took over as Gold Coast coach after Hunt's departure – said the current Queensland Red was a great mentor for many of its players

The controversy has engulfed NRL team, the Gold Coast Titans, with several of their stars caught up in the investigation. 

Any further arrests in regard to the matter are expected to made by the end of this week.

However Eade, who joined the club as coach after Hunt had left, said watching the situation unfold gave the Suns no pleasure. 

"I don't think any code or any club is immune to any sort of controversy," Eade said.

The Suns take on Geelong in Townsville on Sunday in the NAB Challenge.