JEFF WHITLEY yesterday apologised to Wrexham fans for letting the club down in its hour of need and declared: “I want to make amends”.
The midfielder yesterday began a trial at Colliers Park, eight months after going awol for the do-or-die relegation battle against Boston United on the final day of last season, which the Dragons won 3-1.
Now Wrexham face another battle to save their Football League status, and Whitley said if he was given the chance to help the side he would “grab it with both hands”.
The 28-year-old, who recently completed a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation programme, said: “I have to say sorry to a lot of people for what happened in May.
“I feel I cannot let it rest until I’ve made amends to myself, the staff here at Wrexham and the supporters. So I’d love the chance to do that.
“I checked into the Sporting Chance clinic for 28 days just before Christmas and it was the hardest – but the best – thing I have ever done because they saved my life.
“If I get the opportunity to play for Wrexham again I will grab it with both hands.”
Prior to his absence for the Boston game last season, Whitley had played a key role in helping the Dragons maintain their Football League status.
Wrexham boss Brian Little said: “We know that he has had his problems, but we have agreed to have a look at him.
“We felt it was the right thing to do.”
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