Wakefield Trinity prop Adam Walker has been given a 20-month ban for offences related to doping. The forward was provisionally suspended a year ago after testing positive for benzoylecgonine, which is a metabolite of cocaine, following a Super League clash with Widnes Vikings.
The 27-year-old has not figured at all this season and now looks set to stay out of action until at least March 2019, with the suspension backdated to when the offence took place in July 2017.
Walker, capped 10 times by Scotland, was signed by Trinity in May 2017 following a disappointing start to the season at St Helens, but he only figured for his new club seven times.
UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead said: “While UKAD accepts ADRVs don’t always stem from a deliberate intention to cheat, athletes must always adhere to the principle of strict liability.
“Cocaine is banned in-competition and athletes are solely responsible for what is in their system, regardless of whether there is an intention to cheat or not.”