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West Brom midfielder Dorrans reveals he almost quit game

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans admits he came close to walking away from the game.

Dorrans has revealed how he could have quit football when his daughter was seriously ill with meningitis.

He told the Express & Star: "We've been through some really tough times but, looking back, they've shaped me as a person and made me appreciate what I've got now.

"We had some horrible experiences to deal with.

"They made me realise that football isn't everything.

"We lost a baby boy while I was on Scotland duty and I had to rush back to be with Yvonne. That was four years ago now, I was only 23 at the time.

"And it changed me. It really did shape me up as a man.

"I was still really young and it was difficult to deal with.

"Then when our wee girl became ill in 2012, I just thought: 'Why me again?'"

He added: "Thankfully, she's fully recovered - and is wild now.

"We've come through it as a couple and as a family - and we're stronger for it.

"It's an old cliché but it does help put things in perspective."

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