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Blues recruit Elijah Hollands given AFL ban for drug charge

Carlton recruit Elijah Hollands has been slapped with a two-game AFL ban after admitting to cocaine possession.

Elijah Hollands

Age: 21

Position: Midfield

Drafted by Gold Coast at pick seven, 2020 AFL Draft
Gold Coast Suns: 2021 – 2023 — 14 games, eight goals
Traded to Carlton, 2023 trade period

Hollands was found guilty of conduct unbecoming by the AFL after appearing in Southport Magistrates Court last month on a drug possession charge.

The 21-year-old was still a Gold Coast-listed player when he was found in The Star casino with less than one gram of cocaine inside his wallet.

Hollands moved to the Blues during the trade period following three seasons with the Suns.

News of his drug possession charge became public just a day after Hollands was traded to Carlton, but the Blues insist they knew about the court case when they recruited the former number seven draft pick.

He will not be available for Carlton’s first two games of the 2024 season against the Brisbane Lions and Richmond, or be eligible to play in practice matches or in the VFL.

Hollands has completed a drug diversion course since appearing in court.

“AFL Players are well educated when it comes to the harms associated with the use of illicit substances and have a responsibility to themselves, their clubs and their careers to uphold community expectations,” AFL general counsel Stephen Meade said.

Meanwhile, Melbourne’s Joel Smith remains provisionally suspended by the AFL after testing positive to cocaine.

Smith was caught with the illicit drug in his system through an in-competition doping test.


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Author: Russell White