Slough Town midfielder Simon Dunn is to take a break from football, and he had the following to say to supporters:
“After a lot of thinking I have come to the difficult decision to step away from football for a while. I am currently suffering from certain mental health issues which are now having an impact on me where I feel I can no longer carry on playing in this current state of mind.
“I would really like to talk a lot more openly about these issues in the near future, however for now I need to concentrate on getting myself right. With the right help and support, I hope to be back playing at a level as soon as possible. I do not want my career to finish in this way and I would love to be back playing with freedom, enjoyment and the ability to express myself as soon as possible.
“I’d like to thank the management team at Slough for being so understanding. They are first and foremost decent human beings, which is a big part of the reason I felt I could come forward with my issues. I would also like to thank my teammates who have been so very encouraging and supportive.”
Joint-managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood added:
“We as a club are fully behind Dunny and will give him any support he needs. It is a very difficult thing to talk about and he has shown great strength in coming out and sharing his issues and concerns with us.”