Hull KR center Thomas Minns has been offered support by the Rugby Football League after his failed drugs test.
The 23-year-old former Leeds and London Broncos player is facing a possible two-year ban after testing positive for a prohibited non-performance enhancing substance on March 15.
Minns says he took the drug four days earlier, on Mother's Day, to help him overcome the distress brought on by the memory of his mother's death last year.
"I was low and depressed on the day and I felt at the time I needed to do it to get through," Minns said in a statement.
"I now totally accept that it was a huge mistake which could cost me my career. I can now only ask for forgiveness and for my arguments of mitigation to be heard and understood."
Minns, who has been placed on extended leave by his club, says he will use the opportunity of a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) hearing to "make everyone aware he did not take this substance to enhance his performance at rugby in any way".
Hull KR say they will provide their player with all the support he needs and an RFL spokesman confirmed its player welfare unit has already been in touch with him.
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