Newcastle star Sean Longstaff broke down in tears in chat with brother Matty and his dad after hitting 'rock bottom'
NEWCASTLE star Sean Longstaff reveals he broke down in tears during a chat with brother Matty and his dad after hitting ‘rock bottom’.
Longstaff, 23, candidly lifted the lid on his personal struggles via Newcastle’s official website.
The midfielder admits he was ‘in a pretty bad way’ coping with the pressures of being thrust into the Toon limelight.
Longstaff was just 20 years old when he was given his debut in the 2018/19 season.
And it was at a family breakfast a year ago when Longstaff revealed his anguish.
But following a heart-to-heart with his brother and dad, as well as regular sessions with a psychologist, Longstaff says ‘I just feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin’.
He revealed: "I keep a lot of things bottled up. I'm quite quiet in that way. Whether that's emotions… I don't really like speaking to people about stuff, for whatever reason. I suppose everyone's different.
"It probably comes to a point for everyone when things can spill over, and eventually that did. But that needed to happen. I look back now, and that needed to happen, or else I would have just kept going in the spiral I was going.
“Nothing would have changed and, ultimately, there comes a point when you have to change, stuff has to start changing.
"We went for breakfast in Tynemouth and at the table we were speaking. I'd played the day before, but I hadn't been great.
“We spoke, but I couldn't eat my breakfast. I could feel myself welling up at the table. I can't remember what we were speaking about. It was just speaking. Eventually we left.
"I got upstairs in my house and spoke to my dad for ten minutes. I burst out crying. I was in a pretty bad way.
"My dad was there for us at that time. Sometimes you just need a big hug. It was probably the day which turned everything around for me.
"I'd say I'm always quite stubborn. But I knew that day when I spoke to my dad and Matty, it stripped everything back.
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“They're the most honest people. It was just us in the room. My brother left and I spoke to my dad for ten minutes. That was as close to rock bottom as I've been.
"It was that day, actually, that Matt Ritchie – out of the blue – sent us a message and said, 'do this – you need to speak to him (the psychologist)'.
“I was able to build from that. It's just built, built, built over time. Little building blocks. Getting back in the squad for a game, getting back in the team – it's all been little building blocks."
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