Ex-Sunderland captain sacked for cocaine use offered contract by Luton Town

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LUTON Town have offered a contract to ex-Sunderland youngster Lewis Gibbons - two years after he was sacked by the Black Cats for failing a drugs test.

Gibbons was captain of the Sunderland Under-18s side when he tested positive for cannabis and cocaine in September, 2012.

His scholarship contract at the Academy of Light was ripped up by Sunderland, and he was banned by the FA for two years.

After finishing his ban last month, Gibbons signed a deal with Durham City, but he has now been offered a deal by League Two outfit Luton.

Hatters boss John Still said: “He’s a young boy, but someone that I know, knows him well and he was very highly rated as a young man at Sunderland.

“Like lots of young men he did something really stupid, well we’ve all done stupid things, but for two years the boy has done nothing but training and waiting to see if he can get back in the game.

“We’ve had him in for a week and we will be doing something, yes.”

Sunderland were stunned to learn Gibbons had failed a random drugs test after an U18 League match against Aston Villa back in September 2012.

Academy director Ged McNamee said at the time: “Lewis not only let our club down, he let himself and his team-mates down massively.

“We took the strongest possible action in terminating his contract as every footballer knows the severe consequences of this type of offence.”