Ex-Portsmouth, Celtic, Charlton and Birmingham man pondered summer retirement - aged 27

Omar Bogle. Picture: Joe PeplerOmar Bogle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Omar Bogle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Former Pompey loanee Omar Bogle admitted he came close to quitting football in the summer.

But the striker's hoping he can rejuvenate his career having joined Doncaster during the January transfer window.

Bogle, who scored four goals in 14 games at Fratton Park during a loan spell in the second half of the 2018-2019 season, was released by Cardiff at the end of last season.

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However, Bogle failed to flourish for the Addicks. He scored only twice in 17 matches and was allowed to depart for Donny last month.

Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, the ex-Birmingham man pondered hanging up his boots after leaving Cardiff.

But he’s glad he didn’t do so as he now aims to help Darren Moore’s men reach the Championship.

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‘My enjoyment of the game had completely gone,’ said Bogle.

‘It was to the extent that I considered at the end of last season, in the summer, that I was going to stop playing.

‘It was only really my dad, my agent, my friends and my missus that stopped me. I wouldn’t say they persuaded me but they were onto me, saying other people hadn’t been gifted my talents and I shouldn’t waste it.

‘My enjoyment over the years, with some of the things that I’ve faced as a player, it has sucked the enjoyment out of it.

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‘Looking at it now, it would have been a shame to waste what I have got and any opportunities that I could have.

‘Ultimately there are millions of people in the world who would give anything to be in the position that I’m in, being able to play football at the levels I’ve been at and where I am now.

‘With lockdown and mental health, how it made us feel, the emotions and the situation we were in, I don’t think that helped.

‘I went to Charlton, got used to training again every day, playing games. I’m back now and I’m happy I didn’t make that choice.’

Bogle has made two appearances so far for Doncaster, having contracted coronavirus shortly after moving to the Keepmoat.