Ryan Bailey, the Toronto prop, has been cleared to return to his playing career after winning his case against UK Anti-Doping.
A hearing last week determined that Bailey, who is a six-time Super League Grand Final winner with Leeds, “bore no fault or negligence” when he failed to submit a sample on May 30, 2017.
The chairman of the tribunal said, “Having heard Mr Bailey give evidence, we do not for one moment think that he is a cheat or was trying to cover up drug taking. Indeed, we note that a few days later Mr Bailey did in fact undergo a drug test (which was negative) without any problem.”
Bailey made more than 300 appearances in 13 seasons with Leeds and he helped the team to three World Club Challenge titles before he left at the end of 2014.
He then made just one appearance at Hull KR before he moved to Castleford later in 2015 and then Warrington in 2016.
Last year Bailey played eight matches for the Wolfpack and he has now joined the squad for their pre-season training camp in Manchester. He is also expected to take part in their match against Bradford on January 26.
Toronto director of rugby Brian Noble said, “The correct verdict has been returned. On behalf of the Wolfpack I’d like to thank the tribunal for their professionalism and time in dealing with this complex case. This has been a very challenging period for Ryan and I commend his fortitude in dealing with this matter while maintaining his professional focus for the Wolfpack.”
Noble described Bailey as an “extremely valued” player and said that the team is excited about him being “a major part” of the squad over the coming year.