Danny Swanson has revealed how his move to Peterborough United has helped him overcome the mental health issues that plagued him during last season with Dundee United. The 25-year-old revealed the full extent of his battle with depression, anxiety and panic attacks after penning a two-year deal with the Championship outfit last month.
Swanson’s troubles were sparked when he was knocked unconscious during an attack outside a Glasgow nightclub and he ended up spending time battling his demons during treatment at The Priory clinic. However, having sought a fresh start with Peterborough in the English Championship, the former Berwick Rangers midfielder is hopeful he has now conquered his problems and can concentrate on furthering his on-field career south of the border. He said: “This move has helped me completely with that side of it. I’m not even giving it a second thought. I’m enjoying the place I’ve moved to, the guys are brilliant, the manager’s brilliant and everything’s just going well. I’m really happy. Everybody has downs and, hopefully, now it’s my up.”
The switch south also appears to have been good for Swanson’s physical shape as well as his mental one. In an interview with the BBC, he added: “I’ve put on six pounds since I’ve been here.
“Everything is so professional – it’s really helping me, the gym work, the physios and stuff. It’s really good.”