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Gareth Deane explains why he spent Coleraine’s last European party ‘waiting to pee’

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Coleraine goalkeeper Gareth Deane

Coleraine goalkeeper Gareth Deane

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Coleraine goalkeeper Gareth Deane

If Coleraine manage to overcome Velez Mostar in the Europa League, goalkeeper Gareth Deane doesn’t want to be detained in a drug testing room for the second year in a row.

The 27-year-old was given a baptism of fire a year ago when he joined Coleraine on a permanent deal from Linfield, going straight in for the Bannsiders’ Europa League tie against La Fiorita.

Coleraine won that tie to earn a date with Maribor in the next round, and pulled off a huge coup by beating the Slovakians on penalties to set up a mouth-watering clash against Motherwell.

The former QPR stopper revealed there was much celebrating by his team-mates, but he was restricted to listening to them and could not join in.

“James McLaughlin put us in front with a wonderful touch and finish, they equalised and it went to penalties, which we won,” the Hillsborough man told Sunday Life Sport.

“I didn’t actually save any penalties – but I dived the right way when they hit the post! Anyway, we won on penalties and we were all going mad on the pitch afterwards.

“But then a UEFA delegate pulled me away and told me I had to undergo a random drugs test, which basically meant I had to give a urine sample.

“So there I was, in a drugs room waiting to pee, and all I can hear is the changing room next door going nuts, shouting, singing, banging the walls, and I can’t be part of it.

“I think I was there for about an hour and a half, and when I eventually made it onto the team bus where the lads were waiting, I got dog’s abuse for holding them back!

“It was an incredible night, but the whole European experience last year was pretty crazy for me.

“I had joined Coleraine on a short-term contract then Coleraine put a bid in for me, and I was very happy with that.

“Just a week after I joined, I was thrown in at the deep end against La Fiorita, after just one friendly. That was a big game for me as I went straight in.

“I have no regrets about joining Coleraine, even though I am a Linfield fan, Windsor is a 15-minute drive for me and the Showgrounds is an hour and a half.

“They said I could train with a team closer by and I was going to join my brother Lewis at Knockbreda, but I thought it was right to show proper commitment.”


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