He won the FA Vase in 2015 with North Shields at Wembley stadium, but since then he has been facing a tougher opponent in Cancer, although the full-time whistle is about to be blown on the long and tough challenge at last.
Kieran Wrightson was about to come to the end of his treatment for a lump that was found on his testicle. Until doctors gave him the news that no-one wants to hear and that the Cancer had returned and it had spread.
The 25-year-old had to go through gruelling rounds of Chemotherapy before going back under the surgeon’s knife to remove a tumour from his stomach.
It was a surgery that lasted 12 hours and during it saw his bowels and stomach removed before having an artificial artery installed and having the cancer removed. The surgery and recovery could mean it’s going to be up to a year until the Vase winner will be back on the field.
But there is some good news for Wrightson as he could be given the all clear in a few weeks.
He told ChronicleLive: “I’ve been through a lot this last year. Last May I had a testicle removed and they said that I was Cancer free then, but a few months later it had returned.
“I get through these horrible things however it always seems when I get past something then something else will come up. But it really does feel like it’s coming to an end and I’ve been dealing with it well.
“I’ve got two big families helping me out and a big group of friends close by, we are really like brothers.
“When I heard that I needed more treatment I was more frustrated than upset as I felt what more do I need to do.”
The former Newcastle United youngster has something to look forward to this summer as he is set to tie the knot with his fiancée Carly, the wedding is set for July.