Salford Red Devils prop Adam Walker believes his ban for medication use was a boon that’s helped him to appreciate his own standing as a professional player.
He is now at Salford hoping to reconstruct his career after seeking help.
“I was on a downward spiral, and my livelihood was moving downhill. I wasn’t concentrating on my Rugby or my private life, then if it wasn’t for the guys who captured me I would still be moving like that .”
Walker’s ban, handed out from August, was back dated to 14 July 20 17, the very date of his positive evaluation, meaning he was eligible to return to action on Wednesdayin June.
Time on the sidelines helped refocus Walker, whose brother Jonathan also played professionallyback on the game he has been involved since his youth.
“It was among the main thingsI realised just how much carpentry supposed if you ask me, it was just about my own life,” said Walker, who joined Salford in January.
“My loved it, everyone else in my family plays with it realising I didn’t own it, I had lost virtually everything.
“Realising I had lost it think made me kick-start my livelihood “
Struggling Prior to the banning, and aid after it
The Scotland international, who was initially selected as a member of this 20 17 World Cup squad before the failed evaluation, had endured a challenging time off the field in 20-16.
While at Hull KR he was accused of child sex offences but the instance was dismissed in court.
He admits his own form subsequently spelled on the pitch involving a change of nightclubs from St Helens to Wakefield in 20 17.
“I had things going on in my own private life,” Walker added. “My playing career caused awful demonstrations because of the.
“Due to the I was self-medicating on the drugs, ” I didn’t speak to anyone about it was attempting to deal with it myself.”
It is a coincidence that former England and Arsenal defender Tony Adams, who made the Sporting Chance charity after battling his own obsession with alcohol, if now be the Rugby Football League president.
His charity has been key to Walker’s rehab, helping him along with his path back to professional game.
“Once I was caught, matters didn’t stop there, I got intouch with the RFL plus they have a Sporting Chance charity practice who conduct counselling sessions, it originated from there,” he further added.
“My family was trying to support me didn’t know the best way just how to.
“Moving to Sporting Chance we talked about the issues and it went from there.”
Positive steps going forward
Walker has been keen to express his gratitude to the RFLthe charity that helped him even UK Anti-Doping for the wakeup call evaluation that changed his lifetime.
Going ahead, the Halifax-born front rower would like to revive himself like a routine Super League player but perhaps most importantly as a role-model for those also struggling to cope with issues in game, or in what he calls’reallife’.
“I love to be honest with people and that I really don’t like to point my finger elsewhere,” Walker added.
“I know there are other people fighting and that I find it in other sports and in life, the way people react and go down the wrong road.
“Seeing how others react could help people. See your GP, talk with relatives and friends, so it’s taking the initial measure sometimes that helps.”