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ROKER RAPPORT PODCAST: Ex-Sunderland midfielder JEFF WHITLEY discusses the spiral of addiction

Former Sunderland midfielder Jeff Whitley joins us to discuss his time at the club, and how it intertwined with mental health and addiction issues that he’s still coping with today. You can listen for FREE on AcastiTunesSpotify, & YouTube - get stuck in.

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What are we talking about?

  • Just how did Mick McCarthy pick the club off the floor and lead us to promotion?
  • Missing out on the FA Cup semi-final due to suspension;
  • THAT penalty miss; did it really affect him or is it just one of those things?
  • His battle with drug addiction, his recovery and his work within the PFA wellbeing team;
  • The importance of treating players as human beings and not just valuable assets;

All this and much more. Mature themes discussed. Parental guidance is advised.*


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If you are suffering with issues related to your mental health or well-being such as stress or depression (either career related or personal) you don’t need to suffer alone. Contact the PFA Helpline and speak with a qualified counsellor in confidence.

The PFA Player Welfare Department now offers counselling nationally through our network of Counsellors and our 24 hour telephone support line.

PFA 24-hour helpline: 07500 000777 or email: wellbeing@thepfa.co.uk