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- BEN BANKS

Sam Wardrop says he had to leave Airdrie for his and the Diamonds’sake as he sought a break from football.

The 24-year-old former Celtic and Dumbarton player joined Ian Murray’s League One side at the start of the season but quit just a few months into his spell.

Taking a year out from football, Wardrop is now focused on his business ventures, which include social media videos and coaching, plus a newlyforme­d podcast.

While it hasn’t been too long since his Diamonds departure, Wardrop says he’s had no regrets. He said:“it’s only been three months. I’ve not really looked back since then which gives me confidence that it was the right decision that I made.

“’I’ve since been working away in the background on other things like my business. With things like my coaching, I’m taking a lot more fulfilment from these sort of things.

“I signed last June so it was quite a while ago now. I was really looking forward to playing at Airdrie. I was impressed by the way the club was run. Airdrie are trying to go somewhere and have ambition.

“I was a couple of months in and started my business a year earlier. I was really enjoying that and finding satisfacti­on from that. As that increased, the satisfacti­on I got from playing decreased.

“It wasn’t fair for me to stay until the end of the season as I wasn’t doing myself justice - although I was still very profession­al.

“Mentally, it was really draining me. Airdrie were really understand­ing and I felt a massive weight off my shoulders.”

Speaking on the eighth episode of the Lanarkshir­e Live Sport Podcast, Wardrop admits that he’s not got any plans to go back to profession­al playing right now.

He added:“i said to myself that after one year, I would review my business and the direction that my life is going in.

“Right now, I am not going to go back to profession­al football. But I’m only 24, so there is plenty of life left in me. I do know some guys who still the same way I did, and they are still playing.”

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