Footballer faces drink drive charge

IPSWICH Town trialist Adam Proudlock will appear in court on Tuesday, charged with drink driving.The 24-year-old striker was stopped by Shropshire police on Friday, September 23, and now faces Telford magistrates on October 11 on an allegation of driving with excess alcohol.

IPSWICH Town trialist Adam Proudlock will appear in court on Tuesday, charged with drink driving.

The 24-year-old striker was stopped by Shropshire police on Friday, September 23, and now faces Telford magistrates on October 11 on an allegation of driving with excess alcohol.

The court appearance will be the latest in a line of setbacks for the former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward who was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday for a series of breaches of club rules, five days before his arrest.

Blues boss Joe Royle offered the footballer a trial at Portman Road last Monday and Proudlock, who lives in the Newport area of Shropshire, is due to be training with Ipswich again next week.


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Proudlock told the EADT on Tuesday how he was looking to grasp the opportunity with both hands and had learned from his sacking.

He said then: “I have had the mishap of getting the sack and it did knock me for six at first. Luckily, my family and friends rallied round and have been very supportive.

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“The first couple of days after the sacking I was in a bit of shock. It was a huge kick up the backside and really made me realise what I was throwing away.

“Anyone who gets sacked from any job finds it hard to take in and you wonder what is going to happen next.

“For me, it has been two weeks and now Joe Royle has given me two weeks to show I'm worth a contract and I intend to take it with both hands. Hopefully, I can do well and impress people enough to win a contract.”

His bid to play for Town had already taken a knock when FIFA ruled that as his contract was terminated while the transfer window was closed he could not sign for another club until January.

The Blues were working with the PFA and Sheffield Wednesday at finding a way of allowing him to play for Ipswich, possibly by the Owls loaning him to the Blues until January.

Any conviction would not automatically rule him out of being offered a contract by Ipswich. The Blues kept David Unsworth on loan after he was convicted of drink driving and lost his license last season and the compassionate Blues boss has shown he prefers to judge players on the ability, rather than off pitch activities.

The footballer is not a stranger to the courts. Proudlock was banned from driving for six months in September 2004, after being caught speeding and exceeding the 12-point totting up limit.

In January 2003 he was fined £250 after admitting threatening behaviour outside a Newport nightclub in the December of 2001.

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