Wests Illawarra junior Dylan Lauri has been suspended by St George Illawarra after a positive test to anabolic steroid, nandrolone.
Lauri is a member of the Dragons’ National Youth Cup under 20 team this season, after last year taking out the Western Suburbs under 18 player of the year award in the Illawarra Coal League.
The positive A-sample has resulted in an immediate suspension in line with the NRL’s anti-doping policy. Lauri has played seven under 20 games for the Dragons this year.
‘‘This advice from the NRL came as a complete surprise to us and we would be extremely disappointed if a player has acted outside the systems, guidance and education provided by the Club and NRL,” St George Illawara chief executive Peter Doust said.
‘‘Dylan has participated in Anti-Doping Education as well as further internal information sessions delivered by our High Performance Staff.
‘‘We fully support the NRL’s position and decision.’’
In a statement released on Friday evening, St George Illawarra said ‘‘the Dragons fully comply with NRL rules and policies and have conducted internal testing and education sessions in addition to the NRL requirements, at all levels of club activities’’.
‘‘The B-Sample is yet to be tested and Lauri has the opportunity to work through a documented process. Whilst this provisional suspension does not permit Lauri to train or play, the NRL and Dragons have put steps in place in regards to the player’s welfare’’.