Jarrod Mullen Dejected as QLD get the 1st win:NRL Rugby League, State of Origin 1 - NSW v QLD @ Suncorp Stadium, Wed 23rd of may 2007.Digital image by Grant Trouville © Action Photographics

The Newcastle Knights have today been informed that the NRL Anti-Doping Tribunal has confirmed a four-year ban for NSW True Blue Jarrod Mullen due to Anti-Doping Rule violations.

“As we have said all along, this has been a disappointing matter for all parties,” said Knights CEO Matt Gidley. “We wish to reiterate this matter took place independently of the Club."

“It is important to acknowledge Jarrod made a significant contribution to the Club over a long period of time and that adds to the disappointment in how he now departs the Club.

“We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Mullen, who played one State of Origin for the NSW VB Blues in 2007, was immediately stood down by the NRL in January having returned a positive A-sample for Drostanolone when tested in November 2016. The halfback appealed the four-year-ban in March but has been unsuccessful, severely damaging his playing career. At 30 years of age, it appears unlikely that Mullen will ever return to NRL again.

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