FORMER York Knight Harry Tyson-Wilson has been banned from all sport for three years following anti-doping rule violations for possession of a prohibited substance.

The half-back, who scored seven tries and 44 goals across two spells with the Knights from 2016-2017, has admitted purchasing and being in possession of dianabol, a prohibited anabolic steroid.

Tyson-Wilson accepted the charge and the asserted four-year period of ineligibility imposed upon him by the UK Anti-Doping Agency in June 2023, but has had that reduced by 12 months after an early admission of guilt.

His period of ineligibility commenced from the date of his provisional suspension on April 12, 2023, and will end at midnight on April 11, 2026.

York Press: Tyson-Wilson made 18 appearances across two spells at York.Tyson-Wilson made 18 appearances across two spells at York. (Image: John Rushworth)

The 26-year-old first joined the Knights on loan from the Betfred Super League's Hull FC in June 2016, returning an impressive haul of four tries and 14 goals in three appearances - including a hat-trick and eight conversions against Gloucestershire All Golds.

A sought-after talent, he returned to North Yorkshire on a permanent deal alongside brother Bobby ahead of the 2017 season, in which he went on to score a further three tries and 30 goals.

Following his departure from the Knights, Tyson-Wilson had spells with Hunslet, Sheffield Eagles, Doncaster, and most recently West Hull.

On the suspension, Hamish Coffey, UKAD Director of Operations, said: “Anabolic steroids have no place in sport.

"There are serious consequences for any Athlete caught in possession of them. It’s imperative that Athletes respect their responsibilities under the Anti-Doping Rules and conduct themselves with integrity both on and off the field.  

“This case is a further example of the strong strategic collaborations UKAD has in place with law enforcement partners, and we thank them for their continued support in UKAD’s delivery of intelligence-led anti-doping programmes.” 

The Rugby Football League added: "We support UKAD in their determination to ensure that sport is clean, and in working with other law enforcement partners to do so.”