Anniversary of former Wakefield Wildcats star Newton’s death

Terry Newton
Terry Newton

TODAY, Monday, marks the one-year anniversary of the death of former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hooker Terry Newton.

The 31-year-old was found hanged at a house in Orrell, near Wigan, on September 26, 2010, seven months after Newton’s contract at Wakefield was terminated.

The former Great Britain international was the first professional sportsman in the world to be tested positive for human growth hormone (hGH) when he failed a drugs test in November 2009.

Newton, who was handed a two-year ban by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD), had a glittering rugby league career in which he also played for Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls.

The State of Mind programme was launched this year with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby league players and communities.

The website at www.stateofmindrugby.com provides more information on the programme’s work and services available.

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