Adam Chicksen Felt 'Let Down' by Bolton Departure

  • September 13, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Adam Chicksen admits he began to explore the possibility of life beyond football, prior to joining National League side Notts County.

Chicksen signed for Wanderers on a short-term deal in September 2019 and impressed during a relatively brief stay at the University of Bolton Stadium, making 20 appearances in all competitions before leaving the club in January.

After a number of months without a club, the 28-year-old recently spent time on trial at Notts County and has been rewarded with a contract that he says will allow him to rediscover his love for the game of football.

"You work so hard to get an opportunity like Bolton and I was out of contract when I signed there, so I got my head down and worked really hard to try and earn a contract," Chicksen told Notts County FC on Twitter.

"I felt I did that and was let down.

"The reasons were fair - they said they wanted to go in a different direction - but when you think you've given everything for a club and you get nothing back, it's very hard to take.

"The last seven months have been hard - I won't shy away from that. It's probably been one of the toughest times in my career because you feel like you're going away from football.

"You start thinking about looking outside of football and questioning whether you're still able, but then you revert back to what you do right.

"I'd wake up every morning at 6 o'clock and go for a run. I'd go to the gym for a second session in the day. I'd keep doing all the stuff that would keep me mentally prepared for an opportunity.

"There will be a lot of lads in the same situation after what's happened.

"It's been tough but, on the other hands, it's made me more driven than I was when I was 18 because it was so tough. It was make or break for me."

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