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Hammer admits mental health struggle

West Ham forward Jordan Hugill says he has been struggling with his mental health during the current football hiatus.

Hugill, who is on loan to QPR admitted that he struggled on some days and had been taking inspiration from Tyson Fury.

When asked if he had been struggling with his mental health, he told talkSPORT: “Yeah. I’ve had days where I’ve woken up and had a coffee and sat with my head in my hands and thought ‘oh god’. I just felt down and there’s no other way to explain it.

“For me personally, I’ve read Tyson Fury’s book, the audiobook, he said the biggest thing for him is making sure he’s reliable to get to the gym every morning and that sets him on the right path. For me, getting up and those days when I’m feeling down I drag myself into the gym, do some work, and I come out feeling a bit better.

“For the mental health side of it, having been able to do stuff in my own gym is brilliant because it just raises that personal morale a bit more.”

He said: “I have been unlucky enough to have a serious injury so I know what it’s like to not kick a ball for a long time, to be away from stuff on your own. So I’m quite familiar with that. It’s one of them where, to be honest, you miss going into the training ground every day. You miss seeing the lads, having the banter. That’s one of the main things, the team morale.

“I’ve had days while I’ve been in lockdown where I’ve walked up and gone ‘I just can’t be bothered today, I feel down’ then again you have days where you go ‘come on get in the gym and do some work, let’s get on with it’. It’s one of them where it’s tough to manage because it’s down to you. You’ve got no one else to push you. It’s a lot of individualised stuff but you have to be motivated enough to do it.”

Last month Hugill revealed that he has recently had an operation as he looks to solve a groin issue that had been problematic for all of this season.

The Hammer has featured in 35 of the R’s 37 games scoring 11 goals in that time this season but in an interview with the club’s official website, the 27-year-old admitted he had been playing through the pain barrier until he took advantage of this enforced break to undergo surgery.

“The surgeon said to me there was a lot more damage than he thought there was. I’ve been in pain since the start of the season really – since the very first game. Me, the manager and the medical staff have been managing it really well.

“This window of opportunity gave me that chance to get it sorted and put no pressure on a comeback, because we don’t know when football will be back. It was difficult, but I came to QPR to play football and I wasn’t going to let anything stop that for me.”
Hugill was bought by David Moyes in his first stint at West Ham from his old club Preston North End for a reported transfer fee of £9.5m

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Hammer admits mental health struggle

  1. Seems like a decent bloke – he is not the one who fixed his transfer fee

    Who knows when we eventually get back to football he might still make a contribution to teh Hammers

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