Billy Knott Says Football Career Not Finished Yet
Former Bradford City midfielder Billy Knott is determined to prove people wrong and make a return to the professional game after being released by Chelmsford City. He has played over 150 times in the Football League and he even made one Premier League appearance for Sunderland back in 2013, but now he is looking for a new club.
The left-footed attacking midfielder enjoyed his best football in Sky Bet League One with Bradford City, his best moment came in the FA Cup (4th round) when they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. However, Knott has openly discussed how his battle with alcoholism and depression during his second season at Valley Parade has effected his career, when first team opportunities became limited it hindered his career and he started to slip further down the football league divisions.
Knott, returned home in 2018 and signed for Canvey Island before a spell with Concord Rangers, but he has spent the last fourteen months at Chelmsford City playing in the Vanarama National League South and says being released by the club as the league was suspended because of the coronavirus was no surprise. He is now looking for a new club to prove he can still play at a higher level.
Speaking about his off-field demons Billy Knott said, “I am still having good days and bad days, but I have sought assistance from the Professional Football Association (PFA) and I am learning to control the bad days, but its really hard I just need to keep on the straight and narrow. I’ve always had a football at my feet since I was two or three years old, I have got to get my head down and give it one last go and see where it takes me.
Getting back into full-time football is my aim but I need to get myself right first, clubs and managers are looking at me saying he is at this level because of the off-field antics, its a bit embarrassing because I know I can play at a higher level. I’ve already had some calls and spoke to a few teams which have resulted in some interesting chats, but I want to be in a team that is pushing for promotion. It’s a massive decision for me but I have the time to make the right decision. I know I can play at this level everyone knows that deep down, its now just a waiting game to see if a team in a higher league will give me a second chance.”