DISGRACED rugby star Ryan Hudson has brought shame on Huddersfield Giants - before he plays for them.
Hudson - banned from playing for drugs offences - appeared in court in Portugal after a drunken incident on the Giants' pre-season training camp.
But Rugby League officials want to know why 27-year-old Hudson was with the Giants at the camp despite a Rugby League ban for taking an illegal steroid. The ban does not expire until Saturday.
Hudson was due to resume his playing career with the Giants in Sunday's friendly match against Wigan Warriors at the Galpharm Stadium.
But his two-year ban meant he was officially banned from training with his new colleagues until after January 20.
The player himself insists he flew out to Portugal of his own accord to socialise with his new team-mates.
Through his solicitor, Richard Cramer, Hudson said: "I personally booked a flight to travel out to Vilamoura in Portugal. The idea was to socialise with some of my new team-mates when they had some time off over the weekend.
"On the night of January 13 I was out with a few of the players. A few problems occurred on the night out which led to me being arrested. I have now been cleared of all charges and returned to the UK.
"I apologise most sincerely to Huddersfield Giants and to my family for the embarrassment caused".
Hudson appeared in court yesterday in Portugal after a drunken night out with his Giants team-mates, who are on an official training camp.
He appeared in court after allegedly damaging three cars and assaulting a police officer during a drunken spree in a Portuguese holiday resort.
The charges were dropped after it emerged Giants officials paid out to cover the cost of the damage.
A Rugby League spokesman said: "The ban means that Hudson cannot be involved in playing or training.
"We are now seeking clarification on this issue from Huddersfield Giants."
Hudson was arrested after a raucous night out with his new team-mates during a pre-season training trip on the Algarve.
A police spokesman said officers accompanied him to his room at Brown's Leisure Complex in the popular resort of Vilamoura when he reportedly refused to give them his name after being stopped near the cars he allegedly damaged, which included a taxi.
The spokesman said Hudson tried to flee officers when they reached the complex - then punched one of them in the chest as he was wrestled to the ground in the early hours of Sunday morning.
He was kept in police custody after his arrest until the court appearance in Loule.
Two other Giants players, a second Brit and an Australian, were also said to have refused to identify themselves.
Both were briefly taken into custody and were freed in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police were alerted by members of the public said to have seen two Huddersfield Giants players damaging cars around 2.30am.
They asked three of the players to accompany them after tracking them down to a nearby bar.
Taxi driver Leonel Lage told respected Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manha: "There were about 30 men, all very strong-looking.
"They were very drunk. One broke the wing mirror of one car and the aerial of another."
Hugo Cecilia, who organised the team's stay at Brown's, was also quoted in the paper.
He said: "This large group caused a disturbance. They had the night off and went out in several parts of town.
"They had a few drinks, as is normal, but one of them went over the top."
The players are thought to have visited a string of bars including a strip joint.
Witnesses have described seeing the players stumbling drunkenly in the street after their binge and falling on top of cars as they tried to make their way home.
Richard Thewlis, the Giants' general manager, said a full investigation was under way.
He said: "On hearing this news a swift and full inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the allegations was undertaken by our staff in Portugal.
"This is an ongoing process, the facts of which will remain internal".