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Dunn Considered Quitting!

David Dunn is delighted to be back at Ewood Park but has revealed how he considered quitting the beautiful game.

With a history of well documented problems (on and off the field) after a series of injuries and problems within his personal life, Dunn has revealed how he contemplated calling time on his playing career during his time with Birmingham City:

"I've had three years almost out of football - stop, start all the time. It was frustrating getting in a position where I was playing really well then I'd pick an injury up," said Dunn, when speaking in the Daily Express.

"I was playing well one Christmas and we played Middlesbrough - there was lots of talk about Stewart Downing for England. There'd been talk I could push my way back into the England reckoning but I did my hamstring again.

"It did go through my mind where I thought, maybe this isn't for me. I don't want to be going through all this again.

"I don't know if it was the travelling - there were more important things than football for me. I was a little bit homesick. My family and my little girl were up here so I was coming up three times a week - it was killing me really.

"It crossed my mind quite a few times when I was on my own in my flat in Birmingham that I didn't want to carry on. I felt there must be other things out there for me. I reckoned I'd be a great bus driver with the amount of times I had been up and down the M6."

If Dunn could be as good a bus driver as he is a footballer then I'd have no qualms about getting on a bus being driven by him, but thankfully for Rovers sake, and football as a whole he decided to stick to his day job.

Whilst the former England International it delighted to be back and settled at Ewood Park, playing regular football again after his injury nightmares, he does feel the pressure of expectation a little.

The returning hero also said:

"I'm just happy to be injury free and putting performances in, but fans want you to take off where you left off.

"I think there's a bit of pressure on me, especially with being a local lad. When you've been out so long your awareness goes, but that's match fitness as much as anything. I'm sure it will come. I think next season, with a good pre-season, I will be able to push on."


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 7 2007

Time: 12:07PM

Your Comments

It can't have been easy for him, but thankfully he didn't call it a day when maybe he could have. The pressure is great but Dunny is doing a fine job so far and will only improve with the more games he plays. A full pre-season behind him should see him come back somewhere VERY close to his best next season. Keep up the good work Dunny, long may it continue!
Hughes Da Man
I just cannot relate to the pressure this kid must be under,i have often thought that i would like to jack my job in,and sun myself for the rest of my days,tragically,Fleetwood never gets that hot,I sometimes think that these players need a slap,they do not live in the real world.I am a big fan of Dunny as a footballer,but get some focus.Soldiers younger than him are under pressure in Iraq and Afganistan,i am sure they have days they would be rather driving a bus. Get real.
boddingtonblue
agree boddington
EvertonMike
I can see where you are coming from boddington but football is all he knows, this is what he does. I'm not trying to be harsh or saying anything against soldiers in Afganistan and other such countries, these guys are true heroes and I'm sure they have days they would rather be doing something else but they choose to do what they do. Sure, they (footballers) get paid millions to do so but if something out of your hands (injuries in his case) were hampering you doing something you loved you would consider jacking it in but wouldn't want to. Football is all he knows. As I say I can more than see what you are saying.
Hughes Da Man
Everyone has different pressures so u cant realte one job to another, comparing a footballer to a soldier is nosense as both chose that life and deal with the pressures that come with each job and the life that each bring in turn. I agree though that footballers whinge when getting paid more a week than most get a yr!
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