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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006, 23:48 GMT 00:48 UK
Sailor vows to make rugby return
Wendell Sailor
These two years off could help my body

Wendell Sailor
Australia winger Wendell Sailor insists he will return to competitive action once he has served his two-year ban for his positive drugs test.

The 32-year-old said he would like to play in Europe, and also raised the possibility of finishing his career in his original code of rugby league.

"I'd be bitter if it ended on these terms," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

"My career's on hold for two years, but I reckon I could play two or three more years after the ban is over."

Sailor tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine after playing for the NSW Waratahs on 16 April and had been provisionally suspended since 12 May before having the ban confirmed on Friday.

His lawyer said Sailor was still considering the prospect of an appeal.

"I know I don't want my career to end like this," said Sailor.

SAILOR'S DRUGS TEST SAGA
16 April: Plays for Waratahs against Brumbies match at Aussie Stadium and gives urine sample after the match
12 May: Notified that A sample tested positive for cocaine
15 May: Provisionally suspended by ARU
22 May: Asks for B sample to be tested
1 June: Informed that his B sample is also positive
28 June: Requests hearing by an independent judicial committee
18 July: Hearing takes place in Sydney
21 July: Found guilty of taking a prohibited substance and banned for two years

"I couldn't handle looking at my resume, seeing all my achievements, seeing dual international, but knowing it all finished because of a drug ban.

"Two years out is a long time. The problem will be getting up every day and training hard and trying to keep fit.

"(But) these two years off could help my body. Even the last six weeks I've felt so rejuvenated."

Sailor said he would like to bring his career to a close with his former rugby league side Brisbane Broncos, with whom he won three NRL Grand Finals.

"I've thought about finishing my career at the Broncos and I've spoken about it with (Brisbane coach) Wayne Bennett," he said.

"I wouldn't want to go there on big money. I just want to go back and give something back to the club."

He also said he had been in contact with Australian rugby league stars Darren Lockyer and Andrew Johns.

As a husband, father and a role model I realise I have let plenty of people down

Wendell Sailor

Sailor, while admitting his mistake, said he felt the lengthy ban was disproportionate to his offence.

"I was hoping for some leniency here because I've never taken drugs to enhance my performance," he said.

"I'm not playing the victim. I've made a mistake, but this was stupid more than anything.

"As a husband, father and a role model I realise I have let plenty of people down, including myself.

"I'd be disappointed if people were to put me in the same category as a guy like (banned Canadian sprinter) Ben Johnson.

"I'd like to come through this a stronger and more positive person."

Sailor won 37 caps for Australia in union, playing in the 2003 World Cup final against England.

He switched codes from rugby league in a lucrative deal in 2002, after earning 21 caps for the Kangaroos.

SEE ALSO
Sailor handed two-year suspension
21 Jul 06 |  Internationals
Banned Sailor wants B sample test
22 May 06 |  Rugby Union
Sailor repentant after drugs ban
15 May 06 |  Rugby Union
Sailor banned after positive test
13 May 06 |  Rugby Union
Drunken Sailor gets extra ARU ban
28 Feb 06 |  Rugby Union


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