Academy players reveal mental health impact of being released: 'My lowest point was not knowing if I would play again'
Rob Dawson
September 7, 2021
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"We had a 16-year-old who was told around Christmas that he wouldn't be kept on by us, but we committed to continue to work with him. We helped him look for other clubs and he has been offered a scholarship with a Premier League club.

"On his last night, the players and staff applauded him onto the Astroturf, handing him a United shirt signed by all the boys, and we all celebrated his achievement because what he has achieved is incredible. He may not be pulling on a red shirt next season but it's something to celebrate for him and for us as a club."

That particular dream has survived for another year, while for Mitchell, the start of the new season is filled with the excitement of starting a new chapter in a new league. For many others, it's a different story.
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