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Marcus Maddison to consider quitting football after "abuse, pressure and monotony"

Charlton midfielder Marcus Maddison has revealed that "the football industry has broken" him after his loan spell at Bolton was cut short.

Marcus Maddison to consider quitting football after "abuse, pressure and monotony"

After it had been announced that Maddison would be returning to Charlton, he posted on Instagram detailing how he was considering his position in the game.

"I've tried to fit in and be happy but if I can't be happy in a winning team fighting for promotion, it's clearly something deeper," he said.

"I'm returning home to think do I want to play football anymore as it just doesn't bring me any joy at all."

The 27-year-old made 10 appearances for the League Two high-flyers, who are currently chasing promotion back to League One, having joined Bolton on transfer deadline day in January.

Maddison was keen to thank Bolton manager Ian Evatt, who told The Bolton News: "Myself, Marcus and his agent had a really long talk on Sunday about everything.

"I also had another chat with the PFA to make sure we could get Marcus the best help and support.

"Football takes a back seat in all this. People need to respect his privacy and wish him well, so hopefully he can get himself back in the right place."

It follows a trend in recent years of football players looking to move away from the game, including Marvin Sordell, who quit football at the age of 28, after revealing his own battles with depression, which consumed his career in the game.

Author: Jake Wilkin