Chris Hussey says his move to Sheffield United in 2016 finally helped him deal with his mental health problems.
Hussey joined the Blades from Bury shortly after Chris Wilder was named manager. He was part of the squad that won the League One title in 2016/17 with 100 points.
The left-back only played 11 times that season and left for Swindon Town on loan in 2017. But he gained far more off the pitch during his time at Bramall Lane.
Prior to his move to South Yorkshire, Hussey admits he wasn’t sleeping and was addicted to sleeping tablets. It was as he struggled with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
“I struggled massively. But when I was at Sheffield United I opened up eventually, even if I wish I’d done it sooner,” Hussey told Gloucestershire Live.
“I was at a new club, I’d split up with Cavella (his fiancee) and I was struggling in a new city and I wasn’t able to play football properly.
“It was the most money I’ve ever been on, but I was at my unhappiest
“I didn’t want to tell anyone and I tried to deal with it all myself. But when I went on loan to Swindon, Sheffield United’s doctor (known simply as Dr Baz) got involved and was able to explain what I was struggling with. He is an unbelievable man and I can’t explain how much he helped me.
“The conditions I have will never leave me, but I have the tools to deal with it now.”
Chris Hussey is back on track
After a year with Swindon, Hussey left United permanently to join Cheltenham Town.
Now into his third season with the Robins, the defender has played 94 times for the Gloucestershire side.
He helped them to the League Two playoffs last term, where they lost in the semis to Northampton Town. Northampton were eventually promoted themselves.
That fine form has continued into 2020/21 and Cheltenham are currently third.
Off the pitch, Hussey is back with Cavella and they have an 18-month-old daughter together. He also graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University this year with a first class honours degree in exercise and sport science.
Hussey’s final year project was entitled; ‘Psychological predictors of injuries in male professional football players.’ He is now trying to get a paper published with the help of Dr Baz.
Hussey is also working towards his Uefa B coaching qualification and intends to begin a masters in sports directorship next year.