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Dixon benefitting from PFA support

Kerry Dixon, Chelsea

The former England and Chelsea striker hit rock-bottom two years ago when he was sent to prison for nine months. Since his release the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) have arranged therapy sessions to try and help Dixon rebuild his life.

Speaking to Ed Gleave (Daily Star Sunday), he said: “I see a counsellor and we chat. It’s about rebuilding my life back to what it was. And it means I’m talking to someone who can point out some of the pitfalls.

“I believe a lot of rehabilitation comes from within. I think I already know where a lot of pitfalls are, having experienced them first-hand. But a counsellor can reaffirm what I already believe.”

Following the support, Dixon is now back at Stamford Bridge where he scored 193 goals in 335 games for the club between 1983 and 1992.

Dixon said: “I’ve got a job back at Chelsea. I’m doing meet-and-greets with fans on match days.”

“I’ve proved to them I’m on an upward curve and they’re prepared to go along with me, which I think is wonderful.

PFA Head of Welfare, Michael Bennett said: “We are pleased that Kerry has utilised the services provided by the PFA.

“We wish Kerry success in his new role and hope that he will continue to fully engage with our team in order to maintain the positive progress made so far.”

During his career Dixon played for Reading, Southampton, Luton, Millwall, Watford and Doncaster – and for England in the 1986 World Cup finals.

Now a new film, Kerry Dixon – The Documentary, sees him looking back at the highs and lows.