Death crash goalie set to stay in Truro
A goalkeeper who killed two children when drink-driving looks set to be Truro City's first-team choice for the rest of the season.
The use of former Plymouth Argyle Luke McCormick in the troubled team has sparked massive controversy.
McCormick was brought in at the last minute to play for Truro last Saturday after the regular goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe was injured.
But Sandercombe announced this afternoon he was parting company with Truro City. He said he was "now officially redundant" and in a later tweet said he was "gutted" to be leaving the club.
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He said on Twitter: "Not sure how much I can say but basically I am no longer a Truro player."
Sandercombe said there were "two key reasons" why he had left the club but said he was unable to discuss the matter further at the moment. He said he would have hoped to come back
Tributes came in immediately for Sandercombe, a fans' favourite at the cash-strapped Treyew Road club.
Truro fan Jacopo Ghirardon said: "We all know it's not your fault at all. You've served brilliantly and honestly the club, I'm sure every City fan will miss you."
McCormick was jailed in October 2008 after he admitted causing the deaths of Aaron Peak, 10, and Ben Peak, 8, on the M6 in Staffordshire having been drunk behind the wheel.
Truro City is currently being run by administrators after former chairman Kevin Heaney was made bankrupt and stood down.
Kate Breese, from the administrators Walsh Taylor, said Sandercombe had not been made redundant by the club.
She said: "It's certainly not us that made him redundant. As I understand it he has chosen to leave."
Miss Breese defended the decision to play McCormick, who is not being paid to play for Truro.
She said: "To have someone at Luke's level offering to play for free meant we didn't have a choice. I know it's raw but we had little option.
"As far as I'm aware Luke will continue to play for the club."
Negotiations are ongoing regarding the sale of the club to Pete and Jason Masters, owners of L2 nightclub, and Philip Perryman, owner of A2B taxis.