Monday, 30 July 2012 17:36
Today is a day of mixed emotions for me. In the first instance, I am extremely disappointed that my season has ended early and that I won't be able to help my team mates for the remainder of the year. However, this is balanced with feelings of relief and gratitude that the Sports Council panel accept that I did not knowingly take a performance enhancing drug.

Let me say that this is the last thing I would ever have considered doing.  There is no doubt that I was guilty of carelessness and that I should have taken more care before ingesting the energy drink in question but I think that anyone who knows me would accept that I am a fair competitor who loves playing football. The idea that anything would jeopardise that fills me with horror.

The most important thing now is that lessons are learnt from this.  If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I would urge that all players and sports people check and double check what they put into their body, no matter how harmless it may seem.

I would like to thank my parents, the supporters of Drogheda United, my manager, Mick Cooke and chairman, Jim Agnew for their unwavering support of me. I hope to come back next season a better and wiser player and, if given the opportunity, repay Drogheda United for their faith in me.

Finally, particular thanks to the PFAI, their general secretary, Stephen McGuinness and solicitor, Stuart Gilhooly, for all their advice, hard work and support during this time.