Date:Monday February 13 2006
Swindon Town striker Christian Roberts spoke to the media today about his time at the Sporting Chance Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.
Roberts announced late last month that he had a problem with alcohol abuse and that he wanted to battle his demons once and for all.
Roberts who leads the club in scoring told the assembled press, 'I would like to thank all those people who have supported me and I now feel in the right frame of mind to continue with my life. I feel a different person now in every aspect of my life.'
Roberts had been battling many demons including seperation from his wife over the course of the last year and he refelcted on this as well.
'I appreciate everything a lot more now from my family, friends and I have something to live for. The treatment has saved my life, not just my football career. I can't thank the people at Sporting Chance enough,'
Peter Kay, Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Chance, spoke about Roberts time at the centre, 'Christian did everything that was asked of him, and more. There is a hunger about someone who has been afflicted that is the addiction disease, but there is a very small proportion of people who are willing to put up their hands and admit that they need help and have a problem. Our admiration for Christian as a human being is immense,'
Christian Roberts has always been a player with potential but many fans have commented that he could be a very good player at this level if he had his head in the game. Perhaps the alcohol problems ruined his game at times and got the better of him.
Are we about to see the 'real' Christian Roberts now? Many players and fans commented that Christian gave a real boost to the team when he came on against Bradford City.
Let's all get behind Roberts tommorrow against Gillingham and show him how appreciative we are of his many contributions to the club on and off the pitch.
Date:Monday February 13 2006
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