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Out of Control: Tyrone star Cathal McCarron set to release book

After a whirlwind few years, the Tyrone defender has put it all in writing.

TYRONE FOOTBALLER CATHAL McCarron is set to release his autobiography, Out of Control, later this year.

The Dromore defender took to Twitter yesterday to publicise the book, saying he was “delighted” to release it and that he’s “getting there on this great journey of life.”

The 2008 All-Ireland winner hit the headlines in October 2013 when it emerged that he was struggling with a gambling addiction. This led to several other problems in McCarron’s personal life including theft and his involvement in a pornographic video.

The book, which is ghostwritten by former Clare goalkeeper Christy O’Connor, discusses McCarron’s sporting life along with his addiction and problems.

Soon after the news of his gambling problem became high-profile, the 2013 All-star nominee moved to London and began playing with Round Towers and lined out for the London senior side.

Since he has returned to Tyrone, McCarron has made significant progress in his recovery. He has been a key player for Mickey Harte’s side over the past two years, helping them to an All-Ireland semi-final last year and featuring in last weekend’s Ulster semi-final draw with Cavan,

The picture of the book that the defender tweeted clearly shows the blurb.

Cathal McCarron is a 28-year-old inter-county footballer from Tyrone.A winner of one All-Ireland senior medal and three Ulster titles, he was nominated for an All-Star in 2013 and 2015.Yet behind all that success lay an extremely dark secret, a gambling addiction that cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds, endless relationships and, almost, his life.The illness took such a grip on McCarron that he was forced to leave the country but the addiction led him down an even darker path and into a world of total depravity where he was willing to do anything for money.Out of Control is a sports story unlike any other, a tale of success, lies, deceit, theft, recovery, rehabilitation and, ultimately, redemption.

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