Bridge banned following failed drugs test

Date published: 18 January 2021

Oldham second row forward Danny Bridge has been banned after testing positive for cocaine after Roughyeds’ game at Whitehaven last year.

Bridge, who began his playing days at Waterhead Warriors, has been suspended for three months by UK Anti-Doping.

An ORLFC statement read: "The club can confirm the news released by UKAD and the RFL that Danny Bridge received a two-year ban after testing positive for cocaine after our game at Whitehaven last year.

"However, the World Anti-Doping Agency changed its rules relating to recreational drugs on January. 1, 2021 which has resulted in that ban being reduced to three months after it was demonstrated that it was taken out of competition and without attempting to improve his performance, meaning he is now free to resume his career."

Club Chairman Christopher Hamilton said: "As a club, we fully support both UKAD and the Rugby Football League in their stance in removing drugs from sport.

"The club takes a strong anti-drugs line and does not approve of any player taking recreational drugs.

"We expect our players to avoid use of any illegal drug.

"As a club, we have continued to support Danny throughout this difficult time and we thank the RFL and Rugby League Cares for their support also."

Bridge joined the Roughyeds in 2018.

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