Once one of England’s top talents, Jose Baxter has struggled more than most in his time as a professional footballer, going from an England youth international, to a regular talisman at Sheffield United.
But stardom didn’t come easy for Baxter, who has recently returned to football after his second drugs ban. With the recent news surrounding George Green and his battle with drugs, depression and suicide, it’s refreshing to see that Baxter has bounced back with the right attitude.
The former Everton and Sheffield United star said: “There were times where you wonder will you ever play again,” said Baxter. “Will you ever, sometimes, live again . . . You have bad thoughts. Sometimes you think the only way is to deny everything. But you’ve got to be a man and face it, get through it, and come through stronger.”
Baxter was given a second chance by Everton in 2017 in the hopes of helping the 26-year-old and now the forward is back with League Two side Oldham. He scored his first goal since 2015 against Grimsby Town in a 3-0 win recently and hopes that this is the start of a complete overhaul in his life –
“I don’t think anything can stop you if you’ve got the right mindset, stay fit, stay injury free. You need to have big goals, dreams of success, and that’s what I’ve got. No one can stop me, only myself.”
The forward still has faith in this ability and knows he can recapture the prolific form that saw him regarded him so highly in the footballing world. Oldham currently sit 6th in League Two and both Baxter and the club will be hoping for an immediate bounce back into League One.