Salford Red Devils have announced the signing of former Scotland international prop forward Adam Walker, despite him having two months of a 20 month drug ban still to serve.
Walker who has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career is currently serving a ban after testing positive for Cocaine following a game in July 2017 and was handed a backdated ban in August last year, which means he is available to play from March 13th 2019.
Known for his damaging runs, Walker started his career at Huddersfield, before being sold to Hull Kr in 2013 becoming a major part in their Super league squad playing 107 games for the Robins over a three year period. He was released at the end of 2016 when Hull KR were demoted to the championship following their loss in the million pound game to Salford.
By then he had become an integral part of the Scottish international team and his performances against Australia, England and New Zealand in that years four nations lead him to be signed by St Helens.
However, his time with one of Super Leagues top sides didn’t go to plan and after making just 9 appearances he was sold to Wakefield where he was later sacked following his failed drugs test.
Speaking about his second chance Walker told Salford website;
“It's been a tough few years for myself not being able to play the sport I love on a regular basis, I was suffering from some mental health issues at the time which in turn led to me making a big mistake. I don't want to use that as an excuse, I accepted and learnt from my punishment.
“In my time away from the game I feel like I've matured a lot. I honestly feel I've turned the corner.”