Killer drink-drive footballer made Plymouth Argyle captain

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Drink-driving footballer Luke McCormick, who was jailed in 2008 after causing a fatal crash, has just been made captain of Plymouth Argyle FC – before he was initially due to be released.

The disgraced footballer was jailed for seven years and four months after causing a car crash that led to the deaths of brothers Aaron and Ben Peak, who were 10 and eight – and seriously injured their father.

McCormick was found to be over twice the legal drink-drive limit – having reportedly consumed beer and Sambuca shots – and had been driving at 97mph along the M6 in Staffordshire, after returning from a teammate's wedding.

However, the Plymouth Argyle squad and manager John Sheridan have given McCormick their backing despite anger from some fans on social media. McCormick was released from prison in 2012 and subsequently played for Truro City and Oxford United before gaining a one year contract with Plymouth last year, having played for the team for eight years before being jailed.

McCormick said: "I'm hungrier than I've ever been. I feel like I have got a point to prove, which I didn't necessarily have as much last time I was here. I owe this club for giving me the chance and I've got a lot to repay the fans for, and I'm determined to make this a success," reported the Daily Mail.

"I think Luke will be a fantastic club captain", former teammate Guy Branston was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. "Take away what he did – and served time for – and bring it back to the here and now, and he deserves the accolade of being club captain.

"He has served his time and is trying to move on."

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