Former AFC Telford forward Mike Phenix hit with four-year ban
Former AFC Telford United forward Mike Phenix has been banned from football for four years after failing a drugs test.
Phenix, 30, was sacked by former club Southport in October after the out-of-competition test highlighted two illegal substances the previous month.
Traces of Oxandrolone, an anabolic steroid, and Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, were found.
He announced his retirement from the game after the sacking from Southport and had his ban – which includes all football activities – confirmed by the FA yesterday.
He helped the Bucks to promotion from the National League North with his goals in the 2013/14 campaign before his sale to League One Barnsley in October 2014 was the joint-record highest fee Telford have received for a player. Phenix went on to play for Macclesfield, Southport and Salford.