Former Sheffield United striker Marcus Bent admits possessing cocaine

Marcus Bent at his second spell at Bramall Lane where he played 11 games in 2011.
Marcus Bent at his second spell at Bramall Lane where he played 11 games in 2011.

Former Sheffield United footballer Marcus Bent has admitted possessing cocaine.

The former Blades striker, now aged 37, appeared at Guildford Crown Court facing four charges stemming from an incident on September 13.

Bent denied charges of affray and possessing bladed articles, namely a meat cleaver and kitchen knife.

But the ex-Everton, Ipswich and Charlton striker entered a plea of guilty to one count of possessing a class A drug - cocaine.

Judge Roger Climie adjourned the case until January 13.

Bent, from Esher, Surrey, was released on unconditional bail.

The striker scored 20 goals in 48 games for the Blades in the 1999-2000 season.

A loan spell back at Bramall Lane in 2011 saw Bent make a further 11 appearances.

His latest spell in football saw him play in the Indonesian Super League for Mitra Kukar during the 2011-2012 campaign.