Sam Barlow training with Halifax ahead of potential return

Halifax have confirmed Sam Barlow is training with the club, with a view to him earning a contract once his drug ban comes to a close.

The 31-year-old is currently serving a four-year drugs ban after being banned for obstructing a UK Anti-Doping Doping Control Officer during an out-of-competition test.

Barlow hasn’t played since his time at Leigh in 2015 but he is in the final month of his suspension and is currently training with hometown club Halifax, who he hopes to sign for ahead of the 2020 Championship season.

Halifax coach Simon Grix said: “Four years is a big punishment and a long time out of the sport, covering what probably should have been the best years of his career.

“A fit Sam would certainly be an asset to us, but there’s a long way to go and a lot of bridges to cross before then.

“He can’t sign a professional contract until next month under the terms of his suspension, so we’ll see how things go over the next few weeks and go from there.”

Barlow added: “After this mornings brief announcement, I would publicly and personally like to thank Halifax RLFC and Simon Grix for allowing me the opportunity to train with the team, until my official ban is up in a month’s time.

“Until then, I won’t be making any further comments regarding my future.”


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