Sunday 23 October 2016

Former Ireland U-21 cap Aaron McCarey in a battle to save career

Former Irish U21 cap fails drug test

Aaron McCarey
Aaron McCarey

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Aaron McCarey must fight to save his career after the Wolves keeper was suspended for failing a drug test.

Monaghan lad McCarey, who was called into the senior Ireland squad by Giovanni Trapattoni in 2013 and was an unused sub for a friendly against then world champions Spain, has played just once for Wolves this season as he was sidelined for months due to a back injury.

But his career is now at a crossroads as his club have confirmed that McCarey has been suspended by the FA for failing a drugs test.

"Aaron McCarey has failed an out of competition Football Association (FA) drug test for a non-performance enhancing substance," Wolves said in a statement.

"As a result, the Wolves goalkeeper is now subject to an immediate FA suspension from all competitive forms of football.

"The immediate suspension is a standard procedure whilst the FA's investigation is concluded. Aaron McCarey strenuously denies deliberately taking any banned substance.

"The club is extremely disappointed and concerned that one of its players has failed a drugs test.

"Neither the player nor the club will be making any further comment whilst the FA investigation is underway and not until the matter has been fully concluded."

McCarey joined Wolves in 2010, having already played first-team football for Monaghan United at the age of 17.

Following spells on loan to Walsall and York he made his league debut for Wolves in January 2014 and helped Kenny Jackett's side win promotion to the Championship. He has a year left on his contract at Molineux and he had hoped to force his way into the first team next term.

But now McCarey is one of three professionals facing an anxious wait for the next step in the process after they failed drugs tests in recent days.

Hull City's Jake Livermore tested positive for cocaine. "It's not for me to be judge and jury but I'm disappointed with the whole thing," said Hull boss Steve Bruce.

Also, "traces of a banned substance" were found after a test on Sheffield United man Jose Baxter.

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