Wednesday 21 March 2018

Drogheda United striker Gary O'Neill diagnosed with cancer

Gary O’Neill tussles with 20-year-old Swedish international Simon Thern
Gary O’Neill tussles with 20-year-old Swedish international Simon Thern

Drogheda United have announced that their striker Gary O'Neill will not play again this season after being diagnosed with testiculat cancer.

The Dublin-born 31-year-old will undergo surgery in the coming days and it positive about his treatment.

"The board of Drogheda United is saddened to have to inform colleagues, friends and supporters that forward Gary O’Neill was yesterday diagnosed with testicular cancer," the statement read.

"He had been experiencing relatively minor symptoms for a short of period time and thought it prudent to seek medical advice. As a result he was sent for tests which has resulted in yesterday’s diagnosis. He will undergo surgery in the next few days and is likely to require further treatment in the coming weeks and months.

"He is hopeful of a satisfactory response to the treatment and he remains optimistic and positive for the future.

"We are offering Gary and his family every possible support as he undergoes treatment and we look forward to his full and speedy recovery.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and his family at this difficult time and we know that the many friends that he has made in his long career in football will join us in wishing him well."

The experienced attacker began his professional career at Bohemians and has enjoyed spells with a number of clubs including Waterford United, Shelbourne, Dublin City, St Patrick's Athletic, Sporting Fingal and Shamrock Rovers.

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