MONTANO MAKES HIS CASE FOR A RETURN
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.”