STRIKER Lee Healey was arrested by Police after making his debut for Aberystwyth Town as a substitute against Cefn Druids on Saturday.
And the 30-year-old, who was a New Year signing for the Seasiders, was today jailed for 12 weeks at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, after admitting breaching a restraining order by sending threatening text messages to his ex-partner.
Andrew Page, prosecuting, told the court Healey had texted his former partner on January 2 despite being banned from speaking to Ms Allen by a restraining order, imposed after he breached a non-molestation order issued by the Family Courts.
The court heard Healey was also subject to two suspended sentence orders, one for an unrelated driving offence and the other for breaching the non-molestation order.
Toni Moran, defending, told the court her client had been involved in a row with his ex over child-care, which turned nasty.
She said: "He is a semi-professional footballer and he signed a new contract with Aberystwyth football club on the 31st. Police arrested him at the club during the course of his first match.
"He’s heartily sorry, and is now going to lose his employment and he is going to lose contact with his child."
The court heard Healey had been experiencing issues relating to post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from his experiences serving in Iraq.
Healey had previous experience at Ashville, Congleton Town and Droylsden, before joining gap Connah's Quay in January 2014, moving to Cefn Druids the following summer and then Bangor City in January 2015.
He then moved to Mold Alexandra and then Holywell Town before returning to the WPL with Aberystwyth this month.