NRL hands former Parramatta Eels star three-year ban



Former Parramatta Eels player Michael Jennings has accepted a three-year suspension from the NRL for breaching its anti-doping protocols.

Jennings had been suspended since last year’s finals series after returning a positive result for the banned substances ibutamoren and ligandrol.

The Eels released Jennings from his contract last May.

Jennings waived his right to a hearing before the NRL’s anti-doping tribunal and accepted the sanction.

He admitted to the presence and use of the banned substances, helping to reduce his suspension from four years to three.

The suspension effectively ends the career of the 33-year-old, who represented New South Wales, Australia and Tonga.

It will be backdated to last September, but he will still be aged 35 by the time he can return to sport.

One of the most electrifying centres in the NRL when at his peak, Jennings’s admission marks a sad, low end to a career with many highs.

He played 18 State of Origin matches for the Blues and seven Tests for Australia, and won a premiership with the Sydney Roosters in 2013.

It was in that year he had his career highlight, scoring a spectacular try in the grand final to seal the win over Manly.

He had returned to form in his final year at the Eels, even earning a new one-year contract after appearing on the outer 12 months earlier.

But his positive drugs test left him stranded on 298 matches with 153 tries to his name.

It also left Parramatta stunned just 12 hours out from their 2020 semi-final against South Sydney.

Jennings had made his NRL debut with Penrith in 2007.

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