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WESTERN Australian football is bracing for another illegal drugs scandal.
Speculation is rife that a WAFL player has returned a positive swab from this year's local Grand Final and is facing an Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority ban of up to two years.
The player is understood to be a member of losing WAFL grand final team East Perth, which was aligned this year for a first time with the West Coast Eagles.
WA Football Commission authorities refused to comment on whether a player has tested positive to a banned drug.
East Perth is expected to make a statement on the player's behalf if authorities confirm the positive sample, the alleged drug and a penalty.
The substance is believed to be an illegal social drug and not a recognised banned performance-enhancing material.
A urine sample is said to have been taken after the Grand Final and has been diagnosed as positive at both A and B tests.
East Perth lost the premiership play-off to Subiaco by 16 points on September 21.
East Perth has had two players banned for positive drugs within the past four seasons.
One-time AFL draft hopeful Dean Cadwallader was banned for two years in early 2010 when he tested positive to anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Another Royals player, Kane Godwin, was then banned a year later when he was found guilty of performance-enhancing drug use.
Under ASADA and AFL-affiliated leagues, if illegal substances are detected on match days, players still face penalties for in-competition use to enhance performance.
Swan Districts player Travis Casserly was banned for two years after his side won the 2010 WAFL premiership by just one point over Claremont.
He tested positive to elevated levels of pseudoephedrine that Casserly claimed was from tablets he took to fight flu and cold symptoms before the match and at half-time.
Casserly had been on Richmond's senior list from 2006-08 before returning to Swans.