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It wasn't drink or drugs...I wanted to take my own life; green opens up about how lack of blues progress left him at his lowest ebb.

Byline: PHIL KIRKBRIDE Everton FC reporter philip.kirkbride@trinitymirror.com PHILKECHO @

GEORGE GREEN has revealed that he thought about committing suicide when he was at his lowest ebb with Everton.

In a brutally honest interview, the former Blues Academy player has opened up about his struggles to cope with the fame and fortune that came his way.

If you have game then having question asking aren't George Green, 19, was released by Everton in the summer after joining the club from Bradford City in October 2011 for an initial PS300,000.

The deal could have risen to PS2m but Green failed to make a senior appearance for the Blues and moved onto League One side Oldham Athletic.

But the attacker left Boundary Park in November by mutual consent after making just three appearances and is now earning just PS75-a-week playing for Evo-Stik First Division North side Ossett Albion.

Green says Everton did all they could to have helped him through his darkest days, a period in which he went to see a psychologist, but says he "threw it back in their faces".

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Green "It was nothing to do with drink or drugs," Green said. "I suffered really badly when things started going wrong on the pitch.

"I wanted to take my life a few times.

"There were a couple of bad stints but now I've come out of them stronger. I was expected to make the first team at 16 and then win an England call-up.

"But if you have one bad game then you start having people question you and asking why you aren't progressing.

"It did all get too much because I was only doing the best that I could."

"They did everything they could but unfortunately I threw it back in their faces," Green says of the Blues.

"Everton knew I had ability but they wanted to see that I could be more professional and unfortunately I didn't show that.

"I was sent to see a psychologist to get my head right but he didn't really help. He gave me some tablets which I didn't take because I didn't want to be known as someone who needed that to feel right. It all hit me at once. I pushed away all my friends and family because you don't realise they are there to help."

It is claimed that Everton paid Green a PS45,000 signing-on fee and that he was earning more than PS4,000 a month with the club.

"It went straight to my head," he said. "I just went out and blew the signing-on fee. You're earning thousands of pounds a week and you get more leeway than other players. You don't want to take liberties but I took more than one."

He continued: "I wasn't going into training because I thought I was better than everyone else.

""Being an idiot. Being an absolute idiot, if I'm honest. I wasn't turning up sometimes because I wasn't enjoying it and I thought I could do what I wanted.

"When I did go in, I was training absolute s***e. When you're playing at that standard you can't do that.

"It's a better game than that."PHIL KIRKBRIDE "

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George Green tackles Liverpool's Jack Dunn in a mini derby and (right) with Oldham Athletic at the start of this season

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2015
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