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Support for Drennan in battle with depression


Mikey Drennan. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Mikey Drennan. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Mikey Drennan. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Fellow players have come out in support of Shamrock Rovers striker Mikey Drennan after he announced that he was taking a break from football due to depression.

An Ireland U21 cap, Drennan joined the Hoops in 2014 after a spell with Aston Villa but the club last night issued a statement saying "that has been given time off by the club as a result of a personal matter".

The Kilkenny native took to social media to explain his reasons, and a number of fellow pros expressed support and understanding. Recently, ex-St Pats man James Chambers spoke about his own battle with depression while players from other codes, like Dublin GAA star Shane Carthy, have also spoken out.

"I'm taking time out of football because I'm not happy and I've been suffering with depression for the last 3 years and I thought I would have dealt with it better then but it's come to a point now where I need to leave and take a break," Drennan said in his own statement, on facebook.

"I just want to be happy because life is way too short, I need to be around people I love and get a job.

"I needed something to change and this is a very tough decision and one that I've put my whole life into and hoped to be successful in but it's not one I've made over 2 weeks.

"This has been on my mind a lot over the past few years but I said I would stick it out, it can't get any worse but it did and I haven't spoke to people about it as much as I should and I wanted to deal with it myself but it was the wrong decision.

"People will always look at me different saying, 'I'm a failure' and all that crap but it's the reason why I came home in the first place to play soccer here to see would it make me better which obviously it didn't. I just wanna come back and get the help I need to get back on track and would like to go back playing in League of Ireland at some stage if the chance came up."