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Cook: Hopefully We'll Soon See Luke Back on a Football Pitch Smiling
Monday, 12th Apr 2021 12:35

Blues boss Paul Cook says he’s pleased that Town loan winger Luke Thomas has sought help regarding his mental health, the 22-year-old having revealed that he had taken some time away from the game on social media at the end of last week.

Thomas, who was due to stay with the Blues for the rest of the season from parent club Barnsley, said he needed a break from football for the sake of his “mental and physical health”.

“I’m absolutely delighted for Luke that he’s gone and sought help,” Cook said. “Today, when people are out there suffering, and we all know there are a lot of people, [there’s a] lot of good work that people do now with helplines and availability for people to speak about problems.

“We’ve seen in the football world with a couple of young men taking their own lives, it’s so sad, leaving families and kids behind.

“It’s something that none of us wants, but it’s out there and we’ve all got to do as much as we can to make sure we’re offering avenues of help and support.

“Luke Thomas came down here as a young footballer and for our fans and ourselves, he was carrying our hopes.

“But you can’t carry people’s hopes when you’re carrying burdens in your own lives and I’m absolutely delighted for Luke now that going forward, hopefully soon, we’ll all see Luke Thomas on a football pitch smiling and playing football.”

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Suffolkboy added 12:45 - Apr 12
Exactly the right comments and sentiments : says yet more about what a decent upright man we’ve got as a Manager .

bluesteal74 added 12:56 - Apr 12
Get well soon Luke and well said Paul cook

dirtydingusmagee added 13:10 - Apr 12
Great to hear this support from PC, AND believe me these things make a difference ive been there. Sir Bobby would be putting a thumb up thats for sure.Hopefully Luke will get all the help he needs and be chipper again soon . GOOD LUCK SPEEDY RECOVERY .

Swailsey added 13:14 - Apr 12
Best wishes Luke.

Michael101 added 13:15 - Apr 12
Not many years ago a club would have left a player in lukes state to fend for themselves.thank God people are waking up to this sort of thing.

therein61 added 16:49 - Apr 12
I know we didn't see much of him but from what i did see i think there's a good little player in there when he gets the help he needs, good luck in your future career young man.

Ipswichbusiness added 18:12 - Apr 12
I am sorry to hear that he has been ill.

It is good that he has sought help and it takes courage to make these things public.

However, it does raise significant issues about our recruitment policy. He was signed only a couple of months ago. Surely we knew of the problems or ought to have known of them?

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