Thomas Minns: Hull Kingston Rovers centre says failed drugs test 'could cost me my career'

Thomas Minns
Thomas Minns joined Hull KR from Leeds Rhinos in 2016

Hull KR centre Thomas Minns has asked to be "heard and understood" as his club confirmed he failed a doping test after taking drugs on Mothers' Day.

Minns, who has been given a "period of leave" by Hull KR, said he took a banned substance on 11 March as he struggled with his mother's death.

He tested positive after the Super League win at Huddersfield Giants.

"I was low and depressed on the day and I felt at the time I needed to do it to get through," he said in a statement.

"I now totally accept that it was huge mistake which could cost me my career. I can now only ask for forgiveness and for my arguments of mitigation to be heard and understood.

"I do not wish for sympathy. All I ask is that I am listened to and I can make everyone aware that I did not take this substance to enhance my performance at rugby in anyway."

Former Leeds and London Broncos three-quarter Minns has been a regular at Rovers this season, scoring four tries in 10 games, including a hat-trick against rivals Hull FC.

Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith said that after speaking to Minns, it became apparent that the club's "priority and focus" was to support him.

He confirmed the player - who has not yet been suspended - will plead guilty but will ask for a personal hearing.

"Whilst we are obviously disappointed by this as a club, we feel it is very important to stress that this is not just a difficult time for Hull Kingston Rovers, but also for Thomas himself," Smith said.

"Thomas has expressed his regret and spoken of how he has found life away from the sport of rugby challenging in recent times, particularly since the tragic passing of his mother last year.

"Any decisions over his playing future will be considered at a later stage and are not a matter for now. Our priority is to ensure Thomas is provided with the support he needs."

Last season former England players Zak Hardaker and Rangi Chase, plus Scotland prop Adam Walker of Wakefield tested positive for cocaine.

Former Widnes half-back Chase and ex-Trinity forward Walker were banned from all sport for two years last November, while Hardaker was sacked by Castleford in February and is awaiting a UK Anti-Doping hearing.

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