FEATHERSTONE ROVERS player Shaun Pick has been suspended from playing for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.
A national anti-doping panel handed out the punishment after Pick was found to have breached the RFL’s anti-doping regulations.
An RFL statement said: “Featherstone Rovers player Shaun Pick tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid oxymetholone following an out-of-competition test on November 19, 2014. He is banned from all sports until December 10, 2016.”
Rovers chief executive Pat Cluskey issued a statement, saying: “Featherstone Rovers are fully committed to the sport’s anti-doping policy and players are educated by the club and governing body as to the penalties they could incur should a positive test be recorded.
“Hopefully [the] announcement will further demonstrate that the measures currently in place are working and will act as a deterrent to players thinking about taking this option in the future.”
Cluskey declined to comment further, but it is understood Pick is now subject to a club disciplinary process.
The 21-year-old second-rower was signed by Castleford Tigers from local amateur club Lock Lane.
He moved to Huddersfield Giants and signed for Rovers on a two-year deal in September, 2013.
Pick made 13 senior appearances for Featherstone last season.