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Whitehaven rugby player hit with four-year drug ban

John Todd, pictured centre, tested positive on a drugs test. Photo: Whitehaven RLFC

Whitehaven forward, John Todd, has been given a four-year ban after failing a drugs test.

The 23-year-old tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, after an out-of-competition drugs test in November last year - just days after joining the club.

Todd, who is from Maryport in Cumbria, admitted the rule violation. He is suspended until 17 December 2019.

This case continues to highlight the worrying and growing trend of steroid use amongst young men.

"UKAD works alongside the Rugby Football League to provide players with vital anti-doping education and resources to ensure that they are aware of the risks that steroid use poses to both their health and their sporting careers."

– Graham Arthur, Head of Legal, UK Anti Doping