‘I must have been depressed’ – Discarded footballer warns of mental health epidemic among failed players


‘I must have been depressed’ – Discarded footballer warns of mental health epidemic among failed players

Five years ago, George Humber was on the brink of breaking into the first-team and realising his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Within days he was working on a building site at the start of a downward spiral.

It’s taken Humber half a decade to go public with the mental health issues he experienced as a result of losing his career, admitting male ‘pride’ stopped him speaking out before this exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

George Humber revealed exclusively to talkSPORT he struggled with mental health issues after leaving football

“Mentally you don’t realise the effect it’s going to have until you come into the real world,” Humber says.

Humber was an in-form, 20-year-old striker who had been at Gillingham for seven years when, that fateful day, he was called into the manager’s office at the end of training

He believed he was going to be offered a place on the bench for the first-team’s next game.

“There were three of the management there,” Humber continues. “They were straight to the point.

“They said, ‘We’re going to let you go’ – and that’s that.