Panthers NRL star Brent Naden suspended after positive drug test

The NRL is facing another drugs scandal with Panthers player Brent Naden testing positive to cocaine on Grand Final day.

The test was taken after Penrith’s loss to Melbourne in the NRL decider.

Naden has now been provisionally suspended.


“Mr Naden is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place,” The NRL said in a statement.

“Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Naden now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

“The NRL has spoken with Mr Naden and advised him of the support services available to him.”

Naden enter rehab days after the Grand Final to deal with personal issues.

The Panthers have confirmed that at the time, Naden admitted to ‘the use of a recreational drug.’

“Brent recently completed that program and continues to address his personal issues with the support of his family and Panthers staff,” the club said in a statement.

“Working closely with Brent through this process, the club believes he has the capacity to overcome his personal issues and realise his potential.

“Panthers will continue to provide Brent and his family the support they need moving forward.

“In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the club, Brent, his family and manager can make no further comment at this time.”