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Drink-drive footballer rejoins club

Luke McCormick Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A goalkeeper jailed for killing two young boys in a car crash in Staffordshire while drink-driving has rejoined the football club he was playing for at the time.

Luke McCormick, 29, has signed a one-year deal with Plymouth Argyle, the club said.

He was jailed for seven years and four months in October 2008 for killing Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, eight, in a crash on the M6 in Staffordshire as he returned from a team-mate's wedding while twice the drink-driving limit.

Arron Peak aged 10, Amanda Peak, Ben Peak aged 8, and Phil Peak. Credit: ITV News Central

League Two side Argyle, said the goalkeeper had said he would donate "a significant sum of money" and give his time to support a local children's charity after he rejoined.

The club originally cancelled his contract "by mutual consent" a month after the crash in June 2008.

James Brent, the club chairman, said: "Although Luke made a dreadful mistake with unthinkable consequences, he has served his time and is totally remorseful."

"While I respect others who have alternative views, from a moral standpoint, the board and I think Luke is entitled to rehabilitation._

"John Sheridan (the team manager) wanted to sign him and the club is totally supportive of that."_

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Oxford: Salary cap part of decision to sign McCormick

McCormick (right) pictured playing for Truro in November in his first appearance since jail. Credit: PA

Oxford United chairman Ian Lenagan said the club had "thought long and hard about whether to employ a player with his [Luke McCormick's] background."

He added that McCormick's "clear repentance and the opportunity to allow him to rehabilitate whilst meeting our unique goalkeeping situation within the Salary Cap - which we might otherwise not have been able to do - resulted in our decision to sign him".


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Car crash killed two brothers and left dad in wheelchair

(Left to right) Arron, Amanda, Ben and Phil Peak.

After his release from jail last summer, goalkeeper Luke McCormick was offered a trial at Swindon Town.

The mother of the two boys killed in the car crash said learning about the club's offer to McCormick was "like being hit in the stomach".

The goalkeeper was jailed for seven years and four months in 2008 for killing Arron Peak, 10, and brother Ben, eight, in a motorway car crash. He was twice over the drink-drive limit and speeding.

Amanda Peak, 34, whose husband Phil suffered a broken neck and back in the crash, told The Sun: "Swindon might be a family club, but now they're hiring a man who has torn my family apart."

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Oxford: 'Luke is very sorry about what happened'

McCormick pictured during his trial in 2008. Credit: PA

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder said:

"We are very mindful of the past and the situation. Luke is very contrite and sorry about what happened.

"He was sentenced and went to prison and during that time had the opportunity to reflect on what he had done.

"It is hard to separate the two, but purely from a football perspective he is an experienced goalkeeper who has played most of his games in League One and the Championship.

"We have a situation here where our number one goalkeeper is out for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury and we could lose Max Crocombe to International duty next month.

"We are offering Luke a chance to play again.

"I have spoken to Luke at length and he knows that it will not be easy for him but he is very humble and wants to try and make the most of the opportunity."

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Oxford sign keeper previously jailed for role in fatal car crash

McCormick pictured playing for Truro in November, making his first appearance since jail. Credit: PA

Oxford United have signed goalkeeper Luke McCormick, who was jailed in 2008 for causing death by dangerous driving.

The 29-year-old served half of his seven-year-and-four-month sentence he received after admitting causing the deaths of two brothers, aged 10 and eight, and driving with excess alcohol.

McCormick made 138 league appearances for Plymouth Argyle before he was jailed.

After release he signed for non-league Truro City and played 10 league games for the club before being acquired by Oxford.

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Mother's anguish as goalkeeper returns to football after his dangerous driving killed her two sons

A mother of two boys killed in a car crash on the M6 by goalkeeper Luke McCormick says she is angry that he will join Swindon Town football club on his release from prison.

McCormick was speeding and twice the drink-drive limit when his Range Rover ploughed into the people carrier carrying ten year old Aaron and eight year old Ben Peak.

The boys Father Phil Peaks' back and neck was broken in the collision. The mother Amanda feels justice has not been served.