JORDAN Moore, the former Dundee United striker who survived skin cancer, has revealed his anger after receiving a series of knock-backs from managers who claimed his health battles made him too much of a risk to sign.

The 22-year-old claims some clubs have been reluctant to offer him a deal in case he suffers a relapse.

In one instance, he says a club said he would not be offered a deal because the coaches were worried about the reaction of supporters.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Moore, who had loan spells with Airdrie, Dunfermline and Queen’s Park during his Tannadice stay. “You’d be surprised by the number of people who would phone from clubs down south interested in me but then pull out after finding out what I’d been through, saying things like ‘it’s too big a risk’.

“I’d rather they said I wasn’t good enough or they didn’t fancy me. I had one former club in Scotland say to me, ‘We can’t sign the boy who had cancer. What would the fans think?’. That made me very angry because it was someone who I cared about.

“I’m fighting against all the other players to get a team but I also have that extra uphill battle to prove myself because of what happened to me.

“I don’t think this is a stigma I’ll be able to get rid of. I think I’ll always be the boy who had cancer.”

Released by United earlier this year, Moore moved to League of Ireland side Limerick in February to prove he can still handle the strains of the professional game.

He has now returned to Scotland to take part in PFA Scotland’s exit trials. Former Tannadice coach Darren Jackson – No 2 to Gary Locke at Raith Rovers – has invited him to train with the Kirkcaldy club next week.

Moore said: “Everything that has happened to me just makes me more determined to keep going he said. OK, I had cancer but I’ve beaten it. Now I just want to go enjoy myself.”