Castleford Tigers have made a remarkable move for the disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers. The Tigers will announce on Monday Chambers' surprise capture on a trial basis.
The sprinter was banned for two years in February 2004, backdated to August 2003, after admitting taking the designer steroid THG. Since his return he has been frozen out of meetings in Europe and is facing a lifetime ban from the Olympics.
He failed to break into American football in 2004 and has not played rugby league at any level. Castleford have been in talks with Chambers, 30 next Saturday, for several weeks.
Chambers was thought to be considering an appeal against the lifetime Olympic ban the British Olympic Association imposed upon him after tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug THG in 2003.
UK Athletics made it clear they did not want Chambers representing Britain at the World Indoors in Valencia despite including him in the squad.
And, after he had finished second behind Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba in the final, Chambers hinted at quitting athletics because of the opposition to his participation at top level meetings as well as at this summer's Beijing Olympics.
But a move into rugby league would signal the end of his Olympic dream.