Whilst at Peterborough United two seasons ago, there was some talk that Maddison may make the move to the Stadium of Light, with some Sunderland fans keen on a deal.
The County Durham-born attacker’s family have links to the area and Maddison began his footballing journey in the youth ranks at Newcastle United.
Indeed, Maddison even talked about a potential several times on his social media accounts.
But a move back to the North East never materialised and he joined Charlton Athletic and eventually Bolton Wanderers on loan.
However, the 27-year-old’s loan spell at the League Two promotion chasers was ended on Monday by mutual consent amid concerns over the player’s welfare.
Maddison has been separated from his young family while living in a hotel attached to Bolton’s ground.
Maddison has now posted a message on his Instagram page.
“Well the football industry has eventually broken me,” he said.
"All the abuse, pressures & monotony of the last 2 years has just got to me. I’ve tried to fit in & 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 (Bolton manager) Ian Evatt enough for understanding & wish Bolton all the best for the final run in.”
Bolton boss Ian Evatt told the Bolton News: “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.”