Last night, rugby league was rocked by an admission from former Wigan Warriors, Leigh Centurions and Wakefield Trinity prop that he had taken drugs whilst playing the sport.
In a tell-all interview with ITV, Wilkes has gone on record to document his taking of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I used to see people who I was as good as, then all of a sudden come back after a pre-season massive. I’d never say what club, what name. And then just see ’em absolutely tear it up,” Wilkes told ITV.
“They were quite slow at the start of pre-season, just a bit heavy and then shred up a bit. I assume they’d be clean by this point and avoided being caught…”
That led Wilkes to ‘try’ the drugs himself.
“I signed for Whitehaven and I was only training two times a week, and they’d offered me alright money and I thought to myself, I was like: ‘Should I have some, see what all the fuss is about?’
“So I tried a performance enhancing drug, a banned one, and six weeks into the season I got a phone call off Wigan, to sign for Wigan. And, uh, I thought to myself: ‘Well’, I thought: ‘It worked.'”
However, following some backlash, Wilkes. has now gone on record to reveal just how daunting speaking out was but that it was absolutely necessary for his own mental wellbeing.
Wilkes posted on Facebook: “Share share share.