Sutton United striker Tommy Wright is to take a break for mental health reasons.

Wright has made well over a century of appearances for the club, having previously played in the Hampshire Premier League for Otterbourne. The 23-year-old also starred for Salisbury on a temporary basis, scoring 52 goals for Steve Claridge’s side.

He has scored six goals for Sutton in the National League this season but has this morning announced he is to take a step back: “Having met with Matt and Bruce over the last few weeks, I have decided to take a break from Sutton United due to mental health issues. I have really struggled to cope since my injury, in particular the driving two hours plus up the motorway on my own to training, and then facing another two-hour drive home.

“Other situations in my personal life have also had an effect and I really need to focus on getting well and being closer to my home. I would like to thank Bruce, Matty, Stuart Munro and Dos for helping me during this difficult time, and I am now getting the professional help that’s needed.

“On a final note, the supporters at Sutton United have been amazing since the day I joined the club and I’m sure they’ll understand and support me in my decision.”

Manager Matt Gray added: ”There are times when football has to take a back seat and people’s health has to come first. Bruce and I have known about this for a week or so and we will give Tommy all the time and support he needs to be back to full health as soon as possible.”

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