A RUGBY League player has appeared in a secure dock before magistrates after breaching his bail on drugs charges.
Ben Feehan, who played for the Huddersfield Giants and represented England at under-16 level, did not previously attend court when he should have done.
Feehan, 21, of Walpole Road, Crosland Moor, admitted failing to answer bail and was fined £50 by Blackpool magistrates.
Prosecutor Claire Hilton said Feehan had been bailed to attend court last Friday to answer drug charges against him.
But he did not turn up and a warrant without bail for his arrest was issued.
Paul Robinson, defending, said his client had believed he was bailed to a different date.
When Feehan should have appeared at court on Friday, he was signing paperwork for a new property he was moving into.
He had travelled to the resort on Tuesday and surrendered himself to police.
Feehan now plays for Newsome Panthers and turned out for them in their Holliday Cup quarter-final tie against Emley Moor on Saturday when he scored a try and was named man of the match.
The court heard he was receiving Jobseeker's Allowance.
Feehan is charged with having 25 tablets of ecstasy with intent to supply the drug and possessing cannabis.
The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Sanuk nightclub, Blackpool, on September 9 this year.
Feehan was bailed on the drug charges to return to court in Blackpool on December 20.