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1 February 2019

Flynn: 'Everything was on a high but then when things started to drop off for me, my head started to go. I had to get away'

Flynn Downes has explained why he needed to get away from Town last season to clear his head and get his career going forward again.

The 20-year-old midfielder burst onto the first-team scene at Blues at the start of last term and was then called into the England youth set-up but after being a regular over the first two months, his form dipped.

He was loaned out to Luton at the end of January and helped the Hatters to promotion from League Two and the Academy graduate doesn’t underplay how important that move was for him.

“The manager [Mick McCarthy] said it was what I needed at the time and he was right,” said Flynn in an interview in Saturday’s matchday programme.

“I had gone from playing for the U18s, to being in the first-team here. Then I got picked for England. Everything was on a high but then when things started to drop off for me, my head started to go.

“I was going home thinking I wasn’t fit enough and that I needed to do more. Then the anxiety over that started to affect me in training. It started to get to me mentally. I was going into training and over-thinking stuff.  

“That’s why I had to get away. The gaffer spotted that and going to Luton made all the difference to me. It was something new. I didn’t know what to expect but the change worked wonders for me.

“The mental side is everything. You can be the quickest player, the strongest but if you are not bang on it mentally then your body won’t do it. That is what I have learnt. I have changed my look at that. I don’t ‘beat myself up’ now if training doesn’t go as well as I wanted. I used to.”

Read the full interview with Flynn  in Saturday’s matchday programme. 

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