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Sutton United tell Tommy Wright he can count on club’s support

Tommy Wright Sutton United

Sutton United will give Tommy Wright “all the time and support” he needs as he takes a break from football to overcome mental health issues.

The 23-year-old, who missed most of last season with a serious knee injury but has scored six goals in 28 National League appearances this term, used his Twitter account on Wednesday to announce he needed to take an immediate break from the game to get back to full health.

Using the hashtag #MentalHealthMatters, England C international Wright told his followers: ”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.”

United boss Matt Gray and chairman Bruce Fenn offered their full support to help Wright in a club statement.

Gray said: ”There are times when football has to take a back seat, and people’s health has to come first. Bruce [Fenn] 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. Everyone at Sutton United wishes Tommy all the best.”

Slough Town midfielder Simon Dunn, 26, was “completely overwhelmed” by messages of support from fans and fellow players earlier this season after he took a break at the end of October to overcome mental health issues.

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