NRL Player Steroid Shame // Jarrod Mullen’s 4 Year Ban

NRL Player Steroid Shame // Jarrod Mullen’s 4 Year Ban

In another turn for the sport of Rugby League, it seems Newcastle Knights start Jarrod Mullen has received a 4 year ban for using steroids to help him recover after an injury.

Presently 30 years of age, this will effectively end his professional career.

Mullen was handed a provisional suspension back in January for an out of season sample test which was analysed.

The test confirmed that the start who debuted with Newcastle Knights when he was 18 years old and played for New South Wales in the State of Origin clash had used Drostanolone which is a banned substance.

Mullen pleaded that his use of the banned substance was not for a performance enhancement but to help recover from his second major hamstring injury within 12 months.

READ: How steroids helped me recover from the physical stress of rugby 

Drostanolone is a popular steroid among bodybuilders who wish to cut fat albeit it is a weak anabolic substance.

It is usually used alongside (stacked) with other, stronger steroids but it is useful for recovery as it increases strength, reduces recovery periods and improves endurance without weight gain.

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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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