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Drug hat-trick trouble for Tuck

Hawthorn's Travis Tuck (pictured) has become the first Aussie Rules player to register a third positive drugs test.

Tuck, 23, was found unconscious in a car at midnight last Friday and treated by paramedics for a suspected drug overdose.

The incident constituted a third strike under the AFL's illicit drugs policy, which orders counselling for players after a first and second positive test.

The Hawks issued the following statement yesterday: "Hawthorn Football Club has just been informed that the AFL has applied a third strike to Travis Tuck under the AFL illicit drug policy.

"The club has also been advised that a tribunal hearing will determine his sanction this evening at a closed hearing at the AFL.

"The club will make further comment to its members at the conclusion of the hearing."

Tuck has not disputed the deemed third test.

The AFL issued a statement saying Tuck "continues to be in the care of doctors who are treating him for a number of issues, including his illicit drug use.

"He is also still receiving counselling under the illicit drug policy."

Tuck, the son of Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck and brother of Richmond player Shane, has played 20 games for the Hawks but failed to crack the senior team this year.