FORMER Sheffield footballer Dean Windass has revealed he attempted suicide after battling with depression following retirement.
The ex-striker for both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United ended his playing career last year at 42 – the same age as Blades legend Gary Speed, who took his own life in November.
Windass revealed he was ‘shocked’ at the tragic death of Speed - but tried to end it all himself only days ago.
He said: “I have cried every day since retiring. People outside football think we have it all. But I was in a hole I honestly didn’t know how to get out of.
“Just over a week ago I hit rock bottom and decided to end it all. I first took an overdose and when that didn’t work I tried to hang myself. I felt so alone and believed I had nothing to live for.”
Windass, who played for the Owls in 2001 and the Blades from 2002-3, has called on the Professional Footballers’ Association to do all it can to help players with similar problems. He said there are ‘hundreds of footballers in the same boat’ after retirement.
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