Talented midfielder admits he was 'lost' after leaving Newcastle United

Marcus Maddison has opened up about his football career after walking away from the professional game.

Marcus Maddison playing for Bolton Wanderers.
Marcus Maddison playing for Bolton Wanderers.

Maddison left League Two team Bolton Wanderers last season, and joined non-league club Spalding United, managed by his former Peterborough United team-mate Gabriel Zakuani. The 27-year-old – who started his career at Newcastle United – is looking to make a career out of gaming

“The love for football probably hasn't been there for a long time," Maddison told SPORTbible. "It has been a job for maybe three or four years. It's nice to come out of it, to be honest."

Maddison left Newcastle as a teenager, and had spells at Blyth Spartans and St Johnstone before finding his feet again at Gateshead. The Durham-born player went on to join Peterborough.

Reflecting on his departure from St James’s Park, the boyhood Sunderland fan said: "I was so lost. I didn't have a clue what I was doing."