Drink-drive killer keeper’s re­turn

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FOOT­BALLER and drink-drive killer Luke McCormick says he thought his goal­keep­ing days were over – as he re­turns to the club he played for when the tragedy hap­pened.

McCormick, 29, was jailed for more than seven years in Oc­to­ber 2008 for caus­ing the deaths of Ar­ron Peak, 10, and brother Ben, 8.

He was speed­ing and twice the drink-drive limit when his Range Rover ploughed into their fam­ily’s peo­ple car­rier on the M6.

He was re­leased from prison last year and af­ter sev­eral spells with var­i­ous clubs he will start the new sea­son ‘keep­ing for Ply­mouth Ar­gyle.

McCormick was play­ing for the team when he caused the tragic ac­ci­dent – which also left Ar­ron and Ben’s dad Phil in a wheel­chair.

He said: “For a pe­riod of time I had re­signed my­self to think­ing that it wouldn’t hap­pen, and I com­pletely un­der­stood and ac­cepted that.

“There was a time where I didn’t think I would play in the Football League again. I wouldn’t say I ever stopped believ­ing, but that was just the way I felt at the time.”

The crash hap­pened as Phil and wife Amanda, from Part­ing­ton, Gtr Manch­ester, took their sons on a day out to Sil­ver­stone race track.

Ply­mouth Ar­gyle sacked McCormick af­ter the tragedy but con­tro­ver­sially re-signed him on a one-year deal ear­lier this sum­mer. McCormick added: “I’m hun­grier than I’ve ever been. I feel like I have got a point to prove, which I didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have as much last time I was here.”

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