Jordon Ibe Ready To Show The World He's Still A Star At Fleet

Jordon Ibe believes the National League is the perfect place for him to get his career firmly back on track.

Ex-Liverpool prospect Ibe has joined Ebbsfleet United and is determined to make up for lost time.

The former £15m winger has been a free agent since leaving Turkish second-division side Adanaspor last year having failed to register a competitive appearance.

Back in 2021 Ibe spoke out about how he had been in a "dark place" and suffering from depression but vowed to re-discover his love of the game

He says he is still itching to achieve big things in the game and wants to show everyone what he is still capable of at Ebbsfleet.

“Being back out there is where I love to be and where I’m most happy but I needed to be healthy and prepared to give myself that chance,” he told the club’s website.

“The way Ebbsfleet have helped me and put a process in place so I can be ready has been really supportive. I came in and have had to back myself and prove I’m here to succeed to earn my chance.”

Fleet boss Dennis Kutrieb added: "This is a signing that will generate a lot of discussion outside our club but for us and for Jordon it is only about Ebbsfleet United and getting him back on the pitch to show us what we know he can do.

"Like many of us in our club and the world generally, Jordon has had his personal battles and setbacks, but he has made brave decisions to talk about those issues, made a genuine effort to seek assistance and applied tools daily to improve his overall health."

The 28-year-old former Bournemouth player posted on social media that he "finds things hard" and said he had support family and friends. "Times are hard in general due to this pandemic," Ibe wrote.

"I will fix myself and this situation, which I'm 100% committed to, not only for my family, friends or my beautiful daughter, but for me. I want to apologise to all my fans around the world. I find myself in a dark place due to suffering with depression. I just find things hard truly."

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