Championship player handed four-year drugs ban

Former Barrow Raiders player James Duerden has been banned for four years by UKAD after a positive drugs test. Duerden tested positive for 2α-methyl-5α-androstan-3α-οl-17-one (a metabolite of drostanolone), and 19-norandrosterone, the latter being a metabolite bolandione, following an out-of-competition test on 14 December 2017, during a training session at Craven Park. Mr Duerden was charged with an ADRV pursuant to…

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What’s Inside League Express: January 14th edition

It’s been a busy old week, and we have no time to fill these top lines with waffle. We’ll cut to the chase, shall we? Here’s a taste of what’s inside. A full and comprehensive explanation into salary cap relief rulings after Castleford were granted dispensation to replace Luke Gale. The most comprehensive reports on all the pre-season games that you’ll read…

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Michael Lawrence – Mr Huddersfield Giants

Loyalty. It’s a dying trait in the world of professional sport. Long gone are the days of countless one-club men. Financial gain is often too great a temptation for athletes during their short careers. Clubs themselves have grown cold-blooded and ruthless in running their business. But Michael Lawrence is an exception in an increasingly treacherous profession. He is Huddersfield Giants…

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Club-by-club guide to Championship signings for 2019

BATLEY BULLDOGS INS Tyler Dickinson (Huddersfield Giants) Jack Downs (Hull FC) Toby Everett (Dewsbury Rams) Jo Taira (Rochdale Hornets) Sam Wood (Huddersfield Giants – loan) Danny Yates (Rochdale Hornets) OUTS Shaun Ainscough (Rochdale Hornets) Jason Crookes (Sheffield Eagles James Davey (Sheffield Eagles) Brad Day (Featherstone Rovers) Joel Farrell (Sheffield Eagles) James Harrison (Featherstone Rovers) Alex Rowe (Newcastle Thunder) Cain Southernwood…

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