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O'Neill gets all-clear

GARY O'NEILL has received a major boost as the striker, who last year revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer, has been given the green light to resume his playing career.

The experienced striker had been forced to put his career on hold when he was given a diagnosis of testicular cancer and he was sidelined as Drogheda United reached the final of the Setanta Cup and EA Sports Cup last season, but he has now been able to resume training and has signed a new deal as player/coach with Drogheda.

"I'm feeling great at the moment. I'm taking things one day at a time and right now there is no reason why I can't continue to play soccer," O'Neill said.

"I was gutted to miss out on two finals with Drogheda last season and I'm just very grateful that I'm able to come back this season.

"It feels right to take my first steps back into football with Drogheda. Everyone here has been incredible to me and to my family, particularly Robbie Horgan, Dr Conor Kelly, Danny Miller and the club directors.

"It has meant a great deal to me and to my family to have that kind of support and friendship and I'm just over the moon that I've got the green light to get back on the pitch.

"I also want to express my sincere thanks to the many others who have supported me and been of great assistance to me during this difficult period of my life including the PFAI, FAI, friends in sport and many individuals," he said.