Hardaker speaks out following drugs ban

Castleford Leeds combined team

Zak Hardaker has spoken for the first time since he was provisionally banned for failing a drugs test.

The club have confirmed that they received notification of a positive test for a banned substance following the Super 8s match against Leeds Rhinos on 8th September 2017.

They were made aware at 10am on Thursday morning that the player would receive official written notification from UK Anti-Doping and therefore Hardaker was immediately suspended.

Official notification was delivered on Friday and following discussions with the player on Sunday, the club made the decision to announce the result of the test today in order to clarify the circumstances around Zak’s omission from the Grand Final squad.

Zak Hardaker, said: “I would like to apologise to my Castleford Tigers teammates, the staff and all fans for my enormous error of judgement. I was given an opportunity by this great club and in what has been one of the most important weeks in its history, I have let everyone at the club down. For that, I truly apologise.”

“Finally, I would like to make it clear that in no way did I, nor would I, ever take a substance with the intention of enhancing my performance.”