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Jonathan Trott's health is priority

By Steven Beacom

Can you believe it is two years since news broke that Gary Speed was dead, having taken his own life?

Speed, then blossoming as boss of Wales, was 42. His family still say they don't know why he did what he did, though they accept mental health issues were at the heart of his distress.

Unlike Gary, other sports stars including Antrim snooker ace Mark Allen and Celtic boss Neil Lennon have talked openly about their battle with depression, which affects millions.

It came into sharp focus again this week with England cricketer Jonathan Trott returning home from the Ashes series due to a stress-related illness. We wish him well.

Sport's magical, but health, in mind and body, is far more important.

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