// Official Statement: Rhys Pugsley
Wigan Warriors confirm that Academy prospect, Rhys Pugsley, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug following an out-of-competition test which took place in April. Pugsley will now serve a two-year ban starting from May 15 having been suspended from the Club since the drugs test failure.
Pugsley, who was 18 at the time, admitted taking the drug on one occasion without full understanding of the potential consequences but has accepted complete responsibility for his actions in going against UKAD's, the RFL's and the Wigan Club's strict anti-doping policies.
Wigan Rugby League Club fully supports the UK Anti-Doping policies, has provided comprehensive Education Workshops as per RFL Guidelines for its' players on the usage of banned substances and has co-operated fully with UKAD and the RFL in their investigations.
Kris Radlinski, Wigan Rugby General Manager, said "Rhys has been honest and contrite throughout the process and has extended apologies to Wigan coaching staff, players and sponsors for his actions in letting down both himself and the Wigan Club. The Club will support him, as allowed, through this difficult time and is in the process of constructing a rehabilitation programme to take effect after the recommended period of remorse, reflection and full awareness."