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Uncertain futures makes for real fear for players' mental health

Daniel McDonnell



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Closed for business: Shamrock Rovers’ home ground of Tallaght Stadium lies empty. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Closed for business: Shamrock Rovers’ home ground of Tallaght Stadium lies empty. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Closed for business: Shamrock Rovers’ home ground of Tallaght Stadium lies empty. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

It is, of course, accurate to stress that footballers are not alone in worrying about the implications of Covid-19 for their future.

No industry is safe from concerns about what the ongoing stoppage means for them in the short and long term.

In the League of Ireland, where the best players struggle to get a mortgage due to the perception of the lack of job security, a somewhat precarious existence is almost accepted as an occupational hazard.