Irish League stars Aaron Traynor and Matthew Snoddy have praised the openness of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Trevor Carson after he spoke out about his past gambling addiction.
The 33-year-old Motherwell shot-stopper revealed how his addiction left him at "rock bottom".
Through the help of Gamblers Anonymous he has overcome his addiction, and has not placed a bet in more than six years.
The Killyleagh native, capped five times by Northern Ireland, becomes the latest Northern Irish sports star to speak publicly about having an addiction to gambling.
Among those who have spoken before include Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty, former footballer Keith Gillespie, Armagh All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville, Glenavon footballer Snoddy and Coleraine FC's Traynor.
Bannsiders defender Traynor revealed in February that he reached the milestone of two years without placing a bet, but said gambling had been a lifelong struggle.
The 30-year-old from west Belfast felt Carson's interview could lead to more people who are privately battling gambling problems to seek help.
Traynor actually played against Carson in the Europa League earlier this season, and the Coleraine footballer said he never expected the goalkeeper to have gone through a similar situation.
"It's good for public figures like him to come out and be role models," said Traynor.
"He's said his story and let people know how bad it can get for anyone. It doesn't matter who you are. It can be an elite athlete or an average Joe.
"Everyone has their problems and it just goes to show you that footballers have their problems as well. Some of the stuff he said really hit home with me."
Traynor sought support from fellow Irish League footballer Snoddy (27), who is currently on loan at Glenavon from Crusaders. The Newtownabbey midfielder previously admitted he was suicidal because of his gambling addiction.
Snoddy said it was great to see a player of Carson's stature speaking out.
"For someone of Trevor's magnitude to come out and admit that, it's only going to help people to come out more and not feel embarrassed," he said.
"That's the big thing - it's embarrassing. You don't want to be seen to admit that you have a problem and that you need an extra bit of help trying to get through it."
Snoddy also highlighted how lockdown may have exacerbated people's gambling addictions, especially because online gambling has become so accessible.
"They probably think it's harmless fun at the start but it can quickly escalate into a problem without you even noticing," he added.
Anyone affected by gambling can contact the National Gambling Helpline 24 hours a day on 0808 8020 133 or visit the GamCare website.