North East UK news Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Brendan Pearson opens up on his struggles following injury blows MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The new Blyth Spartans shot-stopper suffered more than his fair share of bad luck on the injury front
Breaking News ! Former Newcastle United academy goalkeeper Brendan Pearson has opened up on two years of injury torment and his subsequent battles with mental health after returning to football with Blyth Spartans. The Geordie shot-stopper competed with the likes of Freddie Woodman, Nathan Harker and Paul Woolston for a place in the Magpies Under-18s and Under-23s sides throughout an 11-year stay at the club. However, a series of serious injuries prevented him from making the jump into first-team contention, even though he trained alongside senior keepers Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot on a regular basis. Pearson suffered from patella tendonitis and spent almost two years on the sidelines during his time in the academy and he was eventually released by the Magpies in the summer of 2018. An injury brought an end to his time with The Mariners and a spell with Scottish Championship club Greenock Morton also met a similar fate last year. He will now return to the game with National League North club Spartans after penning a one-year deal at Croft Park on Friday afternoon. But after confirming that move, Pearson admitted that the strains of suffering regular injuries and the pressure of being a young footballer had a severe impact on his mental health. He told Chronicle Live: “I remember Joe Joyce (former academy director) doing a presentation and saying that there might only be one, maybe two that will make it as a pro. “There were a lot of lads I played with during my apprenticeship between 16 and 18 that left the club and their career ended there. “I wouldn’t wish injuries on anyone because all you want to do is play football. “It was so tough mentally because you are missing out on so much. “It’s a different mindset, it’s like your job is to be injured when you’ve been out for nearly two years. Brendan Pearson trains with Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman “You get used to being injured and the routine of being injured, so it’s a completed different mindset. “I pulled a quad and had a double hernia right at the end of my contract, and I knew that was it for me. “Injuries killed me, I didn’t want to watch football and because I was injured, I had to watch the under-18s or the under-23s, but I got sick of watching. “We used to get tickets to watch the first-team, but if I could sneak off early, I would. “It felt pointless watching it because I was injured. “Injury was the main thing, I lost the passion and when the passion came back, when I got close to being fit, I got slapped back down and thought there was no point. “The passion died.” The reality of his release from the Magpies and the end of his dream of representing his boyhood club at senior level hit immediately. Pearson revealed that the club were supportive of him in the aftermath of his departure – but the realisation of what had happened didn’t take long to arrive. “They were all very supportive,” he explained. “At the end, some of the coaches were spot on and I’ve had texts from Ben Dawson, Simon Smith and Andy Woodman. “But when any lad leaves a club, in a sense, you’re not their responsibility, I am not part of the club, that’s the sad reality. Read More Related Articles The former Newcastle United wonderkid derailed by injury and a mental health crisis Read More Related Articles Why former Newcastle United striker holds no regrets about his Magpies release “It’s the same in a business if someone gets sacked, you might send them a text, but realistically you won’t be texting them all of the time. “It’s a tough business, but that’s the reality of it.” Pearson’s search for a new club led to trials at Mansfield Town, Carlisle United and Scottish giants Rangers. Despite a slow start to his attempts to impress, the young stopper eventually shone under the gaze of coaches North of the Border. However, his injury jinx struck once again and brought a premature end to his attempts to land a deal at Ibrox.
. “I was there for a week and I was cr*p. “I was knocked back and lost my confidence, but I got a phone call to say that Rangers wanted a look at me for a week. “It seemed really positive and they were looking for a third-choice goalkeeper. “I did two days training with the first-team and I got on with everyone pretty well. “I had a day off and then went back with the first-team. “I went to make a save down to my left, my studs stuck in the turf and I hyper-extended my knee, it popped. “I had started to really enjoy my football; my confidence was there and I was training well. “The club were great with it, they did everything they could. “It was another setback and it knocked me.”
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Pearson has moved on from his professional football career - and a return to the game was confirmed when he officially joined National League North club Blyth Spartans following an impressive trial period at Croft Park. Goalkeeper training sessions have begun and his passion for the game is starting to return. Away from the game, his focus is now also on his career as a personal trainer and his work at Nuffield Hospital in Gosforth. He has also launched a new podcast called ‘Process’, where he speaks to guests about their physical fitness and mental wellbeing. Mentally, he has moved on from the moments of darkness that brought an end to his time with United. “Anybody that played with me knew I had a passion for fitness,” he explained. “I think it stemmed from being injured so much. “I started enjoying time in the gym, that helped me through the injuries.
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“Some lads hated it, but I loved it. “I got my level three personal trainer qualification when I was at Newcastle and that has helped me because I knew it was always there when I needed it. “I started my personal training in December, and I have been loving it. “It’s always been a big passion of mine and having a lot of injuries has helped. “They have been a blessing in disguise because they have helped me help people. “It’s a complete new learning experience, going out of full-time football into a real job. “It’s a different lifestyle, it’s going really well.”
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