A player in Monaghan has failed a test for a performance enhancing substance, according to national newspaper reports today.

The footballer is said to be a fringe member of Malachy O'Rourke's inter-county panel and is being offered support by the Gaelic Players’ Association.

The Sunday Independent reported the player, who is not a current member of the senior panel, had tested positive for a steroid during a recent test and he is being investigated by the Irish Sports Council's Anti-Doping unit.

Responding to the claims, the GPA released a statement: “The GPA is currently advising a GAA player who has had an adverse finding as a result of an out-of-competition drug test in February of this year.

"The player in question is a trial panellist and whilst he is not a member of the GPA, the Association is nonetheless providing him with personal and professional support.

“As the process before the GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee is ongoing the GPA will be making no further comment on the matter until the Hearings Committee has concluded its deliberations.

“The GPA is committed to supporting the Anti-Doping protocols.”