Charlton’s Marcus Maddison has announced he is taking a break from football due to the ‘abuse, pressure and monotony’ over the last two years.
The midfielder had his Bolton loan cut short on Monday, having made just four league starts for the club, with Trotters boss Ian Evatt insisting the ‘well-being’ of the player came first.
He said: “We would like to thank Marcus for his contribution during his time with us and he leaves with our full support.
“The consequences of the pandemic have brought many challenges to so many people, and Marcus, in particular, has found it exceptionally difficult being away from his young daughter and alone in his hotel room.
“First and foremost, our priority is the well-being of all our staff and players, and Marcus’s best interests are paramount.
“He is a very talented footballer and everybody at Bolton Wanderers Football Club wishes him well for the future.”
Maddison had his most successful spell in football with Peterborough between 2014 and 2020, which saw him linked with moves to Premier League and Championship clubs.
The 27-year-old scored 62 goals in 249 appearances for Posh, before joining Charlton on a free transfer last summer.
But Maddison, who is out of contract at the Valley at the end of the season, has claimed the football industry has ‘broken’ him.
In an honest social media post, he wrote: “Well, the football industry has eventually broken me. All the abuse, pressures and monotony of the last two years has just got to me.
“I’ve tried to fit in and be happy but if I can’t be happy in a winning team fighting for promotion it’s clearly something deeper.
“I’m returning home to think ‘do I want to play football any more’ as it just doesn’t bring me any joy at all.
“I can’t thank Ian Evatt enough for understanding and wish Bolton all the best for the final run in. #football #health #life #bwfc.”