DANNY Langtree aims to waste no time in taking his second Super League chance after waiting 10 years following the ‘mistake’ that earned him a drugs ban.
The Hull new boy wondered if he would ever get back to the top flight after being dumped by St Helens following a positive test for cocaine.
A two-year suspension was followed by eight years at Oldham while working in the office of his father’s haulage firm but an impressive performance against Doncaster, who have a dual-registration deal with the Black and Whites, changed everything.
“I look back and think it’s just a mistake,” Langtree told SunSport about the moment his dreams at his hometown club were ended as a 17-year-old.
“At the time, that changed my life and it wasn’t something I could take back. It’s probably the reason why no-one came in for me but it’s something that happened when I was a kid.
“Now I want to really put it behind me and move on.”
Langtree’s move on the field has brought a big switch off it – the 27-year-old has left his hometown for Hull.
And the difference between part-time and full-time rugby is really being felt, in his wardrobe as much as on his muscles.
Langtree added: “When I got to Hull, there was a lot of kit waiting for me. At a part-time club I didn’t get that.
“At Oldham, I got one or two training tops and that was it. Here, I got five or six as well as other gear.
“There’s also so many other things that can help you progress, like protein and other supplements.
“And the training was a shock to the system at first. Running up hills around Hull that were so steep, I could hardly believe it.
“They also had us in a forest where we had to make up some equipment, carry that halfway around a course, dismantle it then carry it around the other half.
“So it’s certainly been a change but a good change.”
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