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Sacked footballer Aaron Canning joining X Factor's Eoghan Quigg at Coagh United


Aaron Canning

Aaron Canning

Aaron Canning

Former Coleraine FC footballer Aaron Canning, who was sacked by the club after being convicted for flashing, is to return to the game with Coagh United which boasts X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg among its players.

Canning pleaded guilty to exposure in a court appearance last September.

Coagh United have confirmed the defender will play for the club saying he deserves a second chance.

In a statement the Championship 2 side said: "Coagh United FC are aware of what has happened and we acknowledge that this is a sensitive issue, especially for the victim. 

"The club recognises the seriousness of the matter and in no way condone his behaviour, but believe that Aaron, like everyone else, deserves a second chance. 

"Aaron has accepted full responsibility for his actions and we are willing to provide him with the opportunity to move on, and play football again.  

"We have met with Aaron and we are satisfied that this matter will have no impact on his time at our club."

Coagh United boasts of having former X Factor finalist Eoghan Quigg among its players.

The Dungiven man was third in the singing contest in 2008 finishing behind JLS and winner Alexandra Burke.

Current Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas also played for the Co Tyrone side.

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Canning was found to have pulled his car up alongside a 57-year-old woman before showing her his "fully erect penis".

He then asked: "Would you like some of it?"

He was sentenced to 18 months probation and given a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order meaning he has to disclose his conviction to any woman he has a casual or intimate relationship with.

Sentencing Canning at North Antrim Magistrates’ Court district judge Liam McNally said the footballer’s “modus operandi” was to “target older women”.

Ordering him to read a report on how his actions impacted upon his victim, the judge said: “This is a very serious offence, that is why I asked you to read the victim impact report, so you know how much you have affected this woman’s life.

“It is the court’s duty to protect the women within my jurisdiction and as such I am imposing an 18-month probation order and placing you under a SOPO for seven years.”

Warning the footballer about his future behaviour, Judge McNally added: “Mr Canning use this as a red light to stop your offending.

“If you breach any of these terms or commit and further crimes you will be sent to prison.”

Belfast Telegraph