Wakefield have cancelled Terry Newton‘s contract after he was handed a two-year ban for breaching the RFL’s Doping Control Regulations.
Newton, 31, will will be ineligible to play, coach or otherwise participate in any World Anti-Doping Code-compliant sport until 23 November 2011 after today’s ruling.
UK Anti-Doping chief executive, Andy Parkinson said: “This is a landmark in the fight against doping. It is the world-first analytical positive for hGH, a substance that has previously gone undetected because it leaves the system fairly quickly after administration.
“This positive finding was a combination of intelligence, target testing and a strong partnership with the anti-doping scientific community and the RFL. Athletes using hGH should take Newton’s experience as a stern warning – if you use hGH you will not get away with it.”
His suspension has led to Wakefield cancelling his contract with the club. He only signed in August from Bradford.
The Wakefield statement read: “Following a UK Anti-Doping investigation and Terry Newton’s admission that he breached the RFL’s Doping Control Regulations his contract with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has been cancelled with immediate effect.”
“Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are fully supportive of the RFL’s principles of a drug-free sport and the club works hard to inform its players through the ‘100% ME’ campaign about the dangers of drugs and consequences of taking drugs, or breaching the Anti-Doping Regulations.”