The rising NRL star Hudson Young has revealed how he changed his life after a series of bad decisions led to a two-year ban on rugby and a ban in a prison cell.
The second rower of Canberra Raiders from Maitland, 35 km north-west of Newcastle, said his downward spiral of delinquency and potential career-ending behavior began when he was just 16 years old.
In 2015, just 12 months after he was first asked to play for the Newcastle Knights in the junior rugby league Harold Matthews Cup, his thriving professional career came to a halt.
Young received a call from a member of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) who informed him that he was positive about a banned substance.
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The rising NRL star Hudson Young (pictured left next to a female companion) has revealed how he turned his life after a series of bad decisions led to a two-year ban on the Rugby competition
Young naive asked what the positive test would mean for his future – and whether he could still play in the weekend.
It was when the ASADA representative told him that he had been banned for two years.
Young was told that his only option was to appeal the decision and shorten the sentence.
& # 39; I was absolutely shattered. Everything I had dreamed about and worked so hard for had been taken away, & Young told The Daily Telegraph.
It turned out that the unauthorized unauthorized substance that Young had taken was in fact an ingredient in an over-the-counter supplement his uncle had given him after sustaining an ankle injury while playing in a junior rugby competition.
Although Young had looked up the supplement online, he thought what he had taken & # 39; sweet & # 39; until the drug tester asked him to deliver a urine sample to them.
Jong (pictured left) was told that his only option was to appeal the decision and lower the sentence
Young (pictured left next to a female companion) said he was struggling to cope with the two-year ban and admits that he & # 39; is a bastard & # 39; and behave in difficult situations
& # 39; I thought that if there was something in that (supplement), I would get into trouble here. I didn't really know what I had brought, & Young said.
He said that his uncle was also unaware of the exact ingredients and that he & # 39; no idea & # 39; that the supplement contained a prohibited substance.
Young said he was struggling to cope with the two-year ban and admits that he & # 39; is a stupid headline & # 39; behave and end up in unpleasant situations.
He started to behave badly at school and was occasionally kicked out of the classroom & # 39; & # 39 ;. His actions outside of school were no better.
Young said he often mucked & # 39; with his friends and that he went to party and drink.
On one night, his unruly behavior escalated.
Young and some of his friends went to their old school and & # 39; broke a few windows & # 39; and did other & # 39; stupid things & # 39 ;.
Jong (photo on the right) said that he often & # 39; mucked & # 39; with his friends and that he went to party and drink
But the group was caught on CCTV and shortly thereafter Young surrendered to the local police station.
& # 39; I was arrested, charged and put in jail. It was painfully embarrassing, & Young said.
But it was during his short-lived stint behind bars that he promised to change his life and breathe new life into his rugby league career.
Young, who had previously told someone who asked if he had played rugby because he was injured, began to recognize the truth.
He said telling the truth was the key to moving on with his life and his rugby dreams.
Jong started training two hours before school every day and joined a local gym.
He still found the time to work his evening job at McDonald's.
Young (photo left) started training two hours before school and joined a local gym
Young & hard work and dedication eventually paid off and the Raiders said they would give him a chance if he came to the end of his ban
He also came into contact with his former strength and fitness trainer Josh Day, who agreed to help him regain vitality.
Young & # 39; s hard work and dedication ultimately paid off and the Raiders said they would give him a chance when his ban was lifted.
He was offered a $ 300 per match deal that he accepted, and later moved to Canberra to take up the position.
Now, at the age of 20, Young is a rising star with enormous potential to become a top player.
He says that some people still give him a & # 39; drug cheat & # 39; but he does not see himself as one.
Although he admits that he is a & # 39; mistake & # 39; has made, he says he was only 16 and a & # 39; heavy price & # 39; paid for his mistake.
Young says he is now determined to get the most out of the second chance he has been given.
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