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Steve Praises Tootle Bravery

13 October 2016

Boss proud of Toots' admission on World Mental Health Day

Former Crewe Alexandra star Matt Tootle has received praise from Manager Steve Davis after he posted a video online this week as part of World Mental Health Day, outlining some of his own problems he has faced.

Affectionately know at the Alex as Toots, he admitted to suffering from severe OCD & depression over the past two years & his battle against the condition.

The defender is set to line-up for Notts County against Crewe on Saturday after receiving positive comments from supporters following his confession, and he admitted he is in a much better place now after considering taking his own life in late 2014.

Steve Davis has come out in support of his former Captain, saying it was the right thing to do to come out in the open to share his experiences.

Steve said: "I haven't seen or read what we said so it's difficult for me to comment on his specific problems that he's had.

"I'm aware of them, of course. When he was here he had some difficult periods, not all the time, but now and again. We were very supportive as a club.

"I think it's not just Toots – it's more common than we realise. It's just a case of players being frightened of speaking out because of the effect they think that will have on their career.

"Managers will look at players and think that he has these problems, but it's rife throughout football so he shouldn't just think he's the only one.

"We always supported Matt when he was here, and obviously we wish him well going forward.

"For him to come out and speak about it is a giant step forward and hopefully others will follow."

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