The bulky forward quit football at the age of 42, and has revealed the harrowing time that he has had since he has stopped playing.
“I have cried every day for the last two years since retiring,” he told People.
“People outside football think we have it all. But I was in a hole that I honestly didn’t know how to get out of.
“Just over a week ago I hit rock-bottom and decided to end it all.
“I first took an overdose and when that didn’t work tried to hang myself. I felt so alone and believed I had nothing to live for. I need to sort myself out which is why I’m speaking out now.
“People have this image of me as this big strong man who can take anything life throws at him. But I’m not ashamed to say I wanted to end it after a string of setbacks.
“I knew I’d been a fool but I couldn’t shake off the depression at feeling what a failure I’d become,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight