Kurt Foggo, a former under-20’s player for the Titans, was down in the doldrums after the NRL handed down the suspension, but he has decided to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration For Sport.
It marks the first occasion in history, that an NRL player has challenged the results of an anti-doping test.
With the ban in place, at this stage, Foggo is out of the game until October 11, 2012, after he initially failed a routine drug test by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) last September.
It was a stimulant, methylhexaneamine, that got the young player in trouble, and Foggo says that he purchased it from a supplements store in the Gold Coast area.
With his career now seemingly at a cross-roads, Foggo wants to make it perfectly clear that he had no intention to deliberately break the NRL’s anti-doping rules.
“I’m not a drug cheat,” claimed Foggo, who is yet to be re-signed by the Titans.
“That’s the worst thing about this. I’ll have this label now. If I was taking steroids, and trying to cheat, then I would copt in on the chin and leave it be.”
“But I’m appealing, because I know I did the right thing”.
“There have been similar cases overseas, where athletes have only got a few months ban [for testing positive to the same stimulant]. This [a two-year ban] is way too harsh.
Christopher Watters, the legal counsel for Foggo, confirmed that an official appeal had been lodged with CAS on Tuesday.