By Sonya McLean
A former Leeds United and Republic of Ireland youth team footballer has been jailed for two and half years after he was caught transporting almost 200,000 worth of cannabis.
Robert Bayly (30) was described by his barrister as a child prodigy who fell into gambling when he moved to Leeds United as a 14-year-old boy. His gambling continued into adulthood and he ultimately agreed to transport the drugs to pay off a 6,500 debt, Dominic McGinn SC told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Bayly (pictured below arriving at court today), of Cedarbrook Way, Ballyfermot, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Cherry Orchard Drive, also Ballyfermot, on May 12, 2017.
Bayly, who also played professional football …