Zak Hardaker: Wigan Warriors sign suspended ex-Castleford Tigers full-back

Zak Hardaker missed the 2017 Grand Final because of his positive drugs test

Wigan Warriors have signed former Castleford Tigers full-back Zak Hardaker, who will join them when his 14-month drugs ban ends in November.

The England international, 26, is serving a suspension after testing positive for cocaine in the build-up to the 2017 Super League Grand Final.

Hardaker had his ban backdated to September 2017, when a trace of the drug was found in a urine sample.

The 2015 Man of Steel has agreed a four-year deal with Wigan.

“This wasn’t a decision that we made lightly,” Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan told the club website.