Ex-Plymouth Argyle keeper Luke McCormick back on field
FOUR-and-a-half years after making his last appearance for Plymouth Argyle, Luke McCormick was back in the public gaze on a football field on Saturday.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who served time behind bars for a drink-drive smash which killed two young boys in 2008, let in three goals on his debut for Truro City.
The Cornish non-League club signed the former Pilgrim late last week on a non-contract no-wages basis. He played in this weekend's 3-2 FA Carlsberg Trophy third qualifying round defeat away to Farnborough. One month after his last match for Argyle, at Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 2008, McCormick's Range Rover was involved in a crash on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire. The accident led to the deaths of two children, Arron and Ben Peak.
The brothers were in a Toyota, driven by their father, which collided with McCormick's car. McCormick admitted causing their deaths and driving with excess alcohol, and was sent to prison in October 2008 for seven years and four months. He had served half of that sentence when he was released earlier this year.
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McCormick, whose contract with Argyle was terminated by mutual consent after he had been charged and bailed in 2008, was given training facilities by Swindon Town earlier this year, but he was not offered a contract by the npower League One club.
McCormick's appearance for Truro is unlikely to be a one-off. Another former Argyle player, Tim Sandercombe, is City's regular 'keeper, and he is not expected to return from a knee injury until the end of this month at the earliest.
McCormick is poised to turn out again for Truro in Blue Square Bet South games at Eastbourne Borough this coming Saturday and at Eastleigh net week.
Truro manager Lee Hodges, a former team-mate of McCormick at Argyle, has declined to comment on the addition of the 'keeper to his depleted squad – City is in administration and its ability to sign players is restricted, but two other ex-Argyle players on the Cornish club's books have made their views known via Twitter.
On Saturday morning, striker Stewart Yetton wrote: "Great news that Luke is playing in goal for us today," while, after the game in Hampshire, midfield player Joe Broad wrote: "Great to see my pal Luke play, great 'keeper and great lad. Everyone deserves a second chance!"