A video of Paul Gascoigne has been posted by his management showing the football legend looking fit and well.
Gazza – wearing specs, looking smart and sounding very much sober – says he has just completed 'nine days looking after myself' before wishing fans a happy new year and blowing a kiss.
A1 Sporting Speakers posted the clip to Facebook along with a message that said 'it's been a difficult year for Paul' but that he 'really has been trying to get back to his best'. They also rubbished tabloid claims that Gazza was poised to enter Z-list animal cruelty farce I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here earlier this year, a move that would surely have plummeted reality TV to desperate new lows.
Although any news of Gazza's well-being must come with the caveat that we have been here before and nothing can be taken for granted, it is heartening that in a year when some many heroes have been cruelly taken from us, one appear to be winning his battles.
All the best from us, Gazza.