Marvin Sordell has revealed that he tried to commit suicide while struggling with mental health issues.
The striker burst on to the scene at Watford with his impressive performances earning him a move to Bolton, who were then a top flight club.
Sordell admits that the need to deliver coupled with his £3million fee was something he found difficult to cope with without the support he had around him at Vicarage Road.
He left Bolton and played for a host of clubs before calling time on his career last year when he was just 28-years-old, citing mental health as a reason to quit the game.
Prince William has sought to highlight these types of struggles that can occur within football in his ‘Football, Prince William, and Our Mental Health’ documentary.
But while Sordell admits he was in a “very, very dark place” he believes the challenges he overcame have helped him develop into the “happy person” he is today.
He said on GMB: “For me it was a combination of my personal experiences, things I’d experienced in life, and a lot of the pressure I faced having moved away from the environment at Watford I had.
“Playing in the Championship being a young player, to then going into a Premier League big club like Bolton and the transfer fee hanging over my head and the expectancy of what I needed to deliver.
“I found it difficult to deal with and being away from, not have a support network directly around me made it equally as tough.
“I did, yeah (try to take my own life). I’ve been very open about that experience and my whole experience with depression and my suicide attempt as well because I think it’s very important to see you can overcome it and can be in a better place.
“I was in a very, very dark place and a deep hole and where I am in life today I’m a very happy person.
“Every time I have this discussion I say that negative experience, that whole entire time in my life, kicked off a sequence of events that have led to me becoming a lot happier.”
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