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Cronulla youngster banned for drug use

  • Cronulla youngster banned for drug use

    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 17: Jayden Hayward of the Western Force during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Western Force at DHL Newlands on May 17, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cronulla have stood down under-20s player Jayden Walker for three months following the disclosure of recreational substance use, the NRL club says.

Walker, a back-rower who originally joined the Sharks as part of their SG Ball side, is now banned from playing under-20s until the latter stages of the season.

The club made the announcement shortly before the NRL's press conference regarding Parramatta's salary cap breaches on Tuesday.

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"The club's welfare and education team are working with Jayden and his family during this period and will continue to do so into the future," the club said in a statement.

Walker is a former NSW schoolboys representative and was once selected to play for the Australian schoolboys on a tour of Britain, but had to withdraw because of injury.

He hit the news last year when he was arrested in Cronulla on Australia Day after allegedly verbally abusing police and resisting arrest.

Aged 18 at the time, Walker was also found carrying alcohol in an alcohol-free zone.

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