Downes: I needed to talk to someone
Flynn Downes has caught the eye again already this season; has been capped by England at U20 level and has been tipped for the top by Town boss Paul Lambert.
The Town midfielder is in a good place at the moment but it hasn’t always been that way. In tonight’s interview with the matchday programme he talks openly and engagingly about his battles with self doubt; how the pressure of first-team football threatened to engulf him; why he won’t risk going on social media and how having that right person to talk to helped him turn things around.
“There is a lot of pressure in the game and when I was younger I just didn’t know how to handle it. It came out of nowhere, the pressure and it affected me big time,” said Downes.
“I’m the sort of person who didn’t want anyone else to have my problems. I thought to myself ‘I’ll just smile and deal with it myself’ but I got to the point that I felt I needed to talk to someone and get stuff off my chest. I started seeing a psychologist called Alex a couple of times a week and she was great for me.
“The first time I spoke to her she said it will be a two hour session. I can remember thinking ‘two hours, I won’t be able to talk for two hours’. It went by in 10 minutes. I couldn’t believe it. I came out and felt so much better about myself. It was unbelievable. Now I’m in a much better place and feel and I can deal with anything.”