Former Charlton Athletic and Gillingham defender Matt Fry was in two minds about whether to return to football after retiring from the full time game in 2017, report Kent Online.
Fry signed for Bostik South East side Herne Bay this summer and has made three league appearances so far this season.
The 27-year-old left football on medical advice after a string of knee operations.
He was last at York City and also had spells at non-league clubs Braintree Town, Concord Rangers, Eastleigh and Dartford.
Fry said: “I was in a position where I left York and did not really know what I wanted to do.
“The medical advice was to retire from full time football and I started to look at different avenues away from the game.
“I was in two minds about whether to play again. The managers of Herne Bay got in touch and said they had a young side and thought I would be a good fit for the team.
“Making the decision to come back to playing was harder than I thought.
“I was mentally quite drained. I had some amazing experiences in football but have also experienced the harder ones.
“I fell out of love with the game a few times. It is tough to hear that if I recovered from that last injury I would have one more season at the age of 26.”
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