Former Owls and Blades midfielder to stand trial for drug offences

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A former Owls and Blades midfielder is to stand trial accused of drug offences in Northern Ireland.

Owen Morrison, aged 33, of Norburgh Park, Londonderry, is charged with possessing cocaine and acquiring possession of prohibited goods, namely a class A drug.

The footballer, who is due to stand trial at Londonderry Crown Court, is also charged with driving a car knowing it to be stolen.

During a brief hearing at Londonderry Magistrates Court, Morrison declined to say anything in answer to the charges.

He also declined to call any evidence on his own behalf.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney accepted there is a case for the 33-year-old to answer.

Morrison was released on bail to appear at the crown court for arraignment on August 28.

The former Northern Ireland U21 international is currently without a club.

Morrison played 55 times for Sheffield Wednesday scoring eight goals between 1998-2003.

He then crossed the city to join Sheffield United playing eight times.

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