New Hunslet deal for Dooler

Hunslet have handed a new contract to Steve Dooler, after his four month suspension for breaching the RFL’s anti-doping regulations elapsed.

Dooler, 33, was part of the Hawks’ Championship 1 winning side last season but was found to have provided a sample containing the stimulant Methylhexaneamine, a specified substance on the World Anti-Doping (WADA) prohibited list which means that it is susceptible to inadvertent use, following the final game of the season.

Club captain last season, Dooler’s ban expired on January 17th and he has signed a 12 month contract extension with the club.

Director of Rugby Darren Williams said: “It will be good to have Steve back on board for the coming campaign as he is a highly respected individual and a popular figure to have around the club.”

Meanwhile, the club have been dealt a blow by the news that George Rayner will now not be joining the club for their first season in the Championship.

A change in circumstances at work has meant that Rayner is not able to attend training and continue his rugby career.

Williams said: “George returned from holiday over the weekend and actually attended the Lazenby cup game and stated that he was chomping at the bit to resume training, however on his return to work on Monday he was informed that his boss had handed his notice in and the agreement he had in place with him so that he could attend training and continue his rugby career was now void.”

Rayner is expected to keep his fitness up by playing for Pennine League amateur side Hunslet Old Boys.

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