MON­TANO MAKES HIS CASE FOR A RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

WINGER Cris­tian Mon­tano is hope­ful he can res­ur­rect a ca­reer in English foot­ball with the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice hav­ing dropped spot-fix­ing charges against him and 12 other play­ers this month.

Mon­tano was ar­rested by po­lice in Novem­ber 2013 – though never charged – and sub­se­quently sacked by Old­ham, learn­ing his time at Bound­ary Park was over when his girl­friend read the news on Twit­ter.

In the in­ter­ven­ing year he said he was of­ten re­duced to tears and thought “there was no way back”.

The 23-year-old has spent the past six months play­ing for Amer­ica de Cali in his na­tive Colom­bia while the CPS con­tin­ued to in­ves­ti­gate, but now hopes to win a deal with a Foot­ball League club.

“Hope­fully one day in the near fu­ture, I will get an op­por­tu­nity back in the UK," said Mon­tano, who can count Notts County and Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge among his for­mer clubs.

“I would grab it with both hands, start from where I left off. Now the case has been dropped it feels like the clouds have been lifted from over my head. It has been a re­ally tough time.

“It feels like the night­mare I have lived through is over.”

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