Luke McCormick returns to Plymouth Argyle in one-year deal

Plymouth Argyle have re-signed their former goalkeeper Luke McCormick on a one-year deal.

The 29-year-old, who was released by League Two club Oxford United earlier this week, had been in discussions with the club last week.

McCormick was sacked by Argyle in 2008 after causing the death of two children in a car crash.

He served about half of a seven years and four months jail term, but returned to football last year with Truro City.

He moved to Oxford in January and made 15 appearances for the club.

Luke McCormick

  • Played 157 games for Plymouth Argyle
  • Made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Rochdale in May 2001
  • His last Argyle game was a 1-0 loss at Wolves in May 2008

"Although Luke made a dreadful mistake with unthinkable consequences, he has served his time and is totally remorseful," said Argyle chairman James Brent.

"While I respect others who have alternative views, from a moral standpoint, the board and I think Luke is entitled to rehabilitation.

"John Sheridan wanted to sign him and the club is totally supportive of that," Brent added.

The club says McCormick will also donate a 'significant sum' to a local children's charity and donate time to support it.

Meanwhile the club have also re-signed their longest-serving player Paul Wotton.

The 35-year-old has agreed a one-year extension to his deal and will work with the club's youth academy.

He has made 475 appearances for the club, the third-highest in Argyle history, and also had spells at Southampton and Yeovil Town.

"I'm like every other player - I want to play in the first team on a Saturday, and I will be doing everything I can to get in the team," he told the club website.

"At the same time, I have got a role in the academy which I am looking forward to.

"I have been doing some work in the academy anyway, and I'm like 90% of all footballers - I want to go into coaching when I finish playing, so it's a great chance for me to learn about the day-to-day running of football."