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Fulham left-back Joe Bryan chats personal matters

last updated Saturday 12th October 2019, 8:04 PM


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Fulham and former Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan has discussed his off-pitch life at Fulham as part of his club's bid to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Bryan joined other Cottagers players in explaining that the Championship side are, "proud to be working with Mind and the EFL on the ‘Goals Worth Talking About’ campaign".

And in doing so the Bristolian opened up on some troubles of his own as he encouraged others to talk about their well-being.

"There's a lot of people out there who are suffering and the more we come out and speak about it the less alone they'll feel, and from personal experience it helps," said Bryan, who made 230 appearances for the Robins after making his debut in 2012.

Bryan left his hometown club in the summer of 2018, where he had been since he was a schoolboy, to move to west London and try his luck in the Premier League with Fulham.

The 26-year-old admits that being away from the familiarity of Bristol and his close-knit unit of family and friends left him feeling isolated, affecting his overall health and performances on the field.

"I just felt alone. I'd moved away from my family and my partner at the time," said Bryan in a Fulham promotional video.

"It was a massive change in my personal life and everything went downhill and I got injured. I wasn't playing very well and we were bottom of the league.

"I then split up with my now ex-girlfriend and I just felt alone and didn't really know what to do."

That was then his new club got involved and helped encourage him to talk about his problems.

"Luckily one of the physios pulled me and said 'you're not the same. We feel that there's something wrong in your life. Do you want to talk to the doctor?', he added.

"They put me in touch with the counsellor. I saw him a few times and that sorted me out."























Source Gregor MacGregor at Bristol Live
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