Former FA Vase winner Kieran Wrightson has been given the all-clear from cancer.
The 25 year old, who won the FA Vase with North Shields in 2015, revealed that he had testicular cancer last year and found out that the cancer had spread to his stomach.
That meant he had to undergo surgery to have a tumour removed and several rounds of Chemotherapy.
Over the weekend the Newcastle Benfield player revealed on Twitter that he has been given the all-clear, just days after his club raised money for a cancer ward at the local Freeman Hospital.
He tweeted “CANCER FREE!!Today I got the all clear from cancer and words don’t come close to how amazing it feels!! Finally get my life back on track”
That led to a number of congratulatory messages from around North East football.
EBAC Northern League Division Two club Heaton Stannington tweeted “@KieranWrightson @NcleBenfield Great news Kieran. All the best from everyone at the Stan”
Former club North Shields said “Best news I’ve heard all day. @KieranWrightson = #Fighter”
His former Robins assistant manager Andy Bowman told Non-League Daily “It’s fantastic news and rather typifies the attitude and spirit he showed on the pitch.
“He is a real fighter and his qualities always shone through”
Wrightson spoke of his “massive relief” having been given the all-clear.
He told ChronicleLive “It is a massive relief and a huge weight off the shoulders of me and the family.
“I was by myself when I read the letter and I didn’t know what to do. I called my partner and she was crying.
“Then I told my mam and dad. Everyone got wind of it and my phone hasn’t stopped with people wishing me congratulations. It’s been really nice.
“There’s no more treatment and no more hospital. I only have to go back for monthly check-ups. Life can now get back to normal.”
Wrightson spent the early years of his career at Newcastle United’s academy and played alongside the likes of Rangers defender James Tavernier and current Magpies left back Paul Dummett.
The Magpies showed their support with manager Rafa Benitez getting in touch with Wrightson with a personal letter.
Now with the all-clear given Wrightson can focus on his upcoming wedding and hopefully one day getting back on the football pitch.
Speaking to Non-League Daily Newcastle Benfield joint-manager Mark Convery is hopeful that he can help his do so.
He said “We have spoken about him playing again throughout his treatment and it one thing he has said that he has missed.
“He is chomping at the bit to get back in and I think the plan is to let things sink in and introduce him slowly into pre-season. He’s a fit lad so I don’t see that being a problem.
“He has really only missed half a season, albeit it with a very serious problem, but for us it would be a huge addition, like a new signing really and it will be great to see him back on the pitch once again”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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