A star rugby league player who was weeks away from his return following a ban for cocaine use has been charged with drink driving.

Zak Hardaker's Wigan career has hit a roadblock before it has started. The English Super League team announced on Thursday that their new full-back would appear in court on 11 October after being charged on Tuesday.

Wigan announced Hardaker's signing in May, effective from November, as he serves a 14-month ban for cocaine use.

Castleford sacked the 2015 Man of Steel following his positive drugs test on the eve of last season's Grand Final defeat to Leeds.

Speaking at the time of his Warriors switch, Hardaker said: "I believe things happen for a reason and now I'm looking forward to this move to Wigan."

But Wigan said on Thursday: "The player is co-operating with the Police investigation. Wigan Warriors will allow the legal process to take its course."