Hunslet player handed four-year drug ban

Hunslet Hawks player Nathan Darby has been banned from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Darby, 21, tested positive for the presence of the anabolic steroids nandrolone, oxandrolone and trenbolone following an out-of-competition test on 14 January 2016.

“It is sad to see yet another case where a young person’s sporting career is ruined by their conscious decision to use steroids,” Said UKAD’s chief executive, Nicole Sapstead.

“We are seeing a worrying and increasing trend in young men turning to steroids in their pursuit of becoming bigger, faster and stronger, be it for performance enhancing reasons or in their pursuit of the “body beautiful”. What these young men do not realise is that these substances are incredibly dangerous and linked to serious side effects including heart problems, aggression and mental health issues.”

Darby is banned from all sport from 12 February 2016 until midnight on 11 February 2020.