Written by STAFF WRITERS, March 3, 2016
ENGLISH rugby league player Gavin Duffy says he intends to continue his career in Australia after serving a drugs ban.
Duffy, 28, who played for 10 years with the Keighley Cougars, has been suspended from all sport for 15 months by the UK Anti-Doping after testing positive for cocaine following an in-competition test in 2015.
At his UKAD hearing, Duffy revealed he fell into a severe state of depression following the sudden death of teammate Danny Jones after a cardiac arrest which led him to mix with a different social circle.
The winger’s ban will end on November 19, 2016.
In a statement issued last month through the Keighley club, Duffy said he had been in a “bad place” after “heading down the wrong road” but wants to get his life back on track in Australia.
“I am now putting this dark period of my life behind me and beginning to concentrate on the future which will result in me playing rugby league following the conclusion of my suspension later in the year,” he said.
“I know that once I return to playing in 2017, I will be moving to Australia and continuing my career down under and not with the Keighley Cougars. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Keighley Cougars supporters for all their loyal support to myself over the past decade.”