Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disgraced Oster Is Back on Wearside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Disgraced Oster Is Back on Wearside

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

John Oster was last night sent back to the Stadium of Light in disgrace after Kevin Blackwell accused the shamed Sunderland winger of damaging Leeds' reputation with his questionable behaviour.

And the 26-year-old is set to hold crisis talks with Wearside officials next week ( with Oster (above) expected to be carpeted for his part in an unsavoury incident which has left his career shrouded in uncertainty.

Having been informed that he was surplus to requirements by Mick McCarthy, the Welsh international was given the chance to prove himself worthy of a contract at Elland Road during a two-month loan spell with Leeds.

Yet a furious Blackwell has decided to end the arrangement prematurely after an internal investigation found Oster had broken club rules for the second time in less than two weeks during a festive party.

"This club is bigger than any player," said the Leeds boss, who fined the player and issued him with a stern warning as to his future conduct after Oster had been arrested and cautioned by police following an incident outside a Durham nightclub on December 16.

"Leeds United will not put up with these shenanigans from anyone. He (Oster) was clearly in breach of club rules and enough is enough. While I'm in charge, I will not have players besmirching this club's reputation."

Oster's loan had been scheduled to expire this weekend but with the player having impressed with his performances since he arrived at the Yorkshire club in November, Blackwell had been keen to secure his permanent signing.

The former Everton winger was given a second chance following his brush with the law last month. But, having been told that a repeat of such behaviour would not be tolerated, the decision to cancel his loan contract came as no surprise. …

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