With his 20 month drugs ban officially over, Salford Red Devils forward Adam Walker admitted getting caught taking cocaine was the possibly the best thing that could have happened to him.
The former Wakefield man has been out of the game and working full time after facing deeper problems with anxiety and depression and stating his time away from the game helped him turn a corner in his life and develop as a man.
Having spent time with Sporting Chance and now 15 kilos lighter than when he came through the doors for his first day at Salford, Walker said his love for the sport had returned and he was ready to repay the faith the club has shown in him with a chance of making his debut against Castleford this Sunday.
“I’m quite honest, I’m glad it happened. I was on a downward spiral and if it hadn’t happened, I would’ve got worse and worse – it made me realise what I had,” he said.
“I realised how big a part of my life rugby league is. Now my attitude is the same as when I very first started playing, I want to push through and make that extra step.