Former West Ham United target David Brooks made what he described as a difficult announcement when revealing he has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Just over a year ago a number of reports claimed David Moyes wanted to bring the hugely talented Brooks to West Ham.
Last summer Sky Sports claimed West Ham were one of four clubs chasing Brooks, who had been a revelation during his time at Bournemouth.
Brooks certainly made a good fit for the profile of player Moyes wants at West Ham.
The links made sense too since the Scot was getting ready to offload the likes of Felipe Anderson at the time.
West Ham were once again linked with Brooks back in October last year with Moyes reportedly seeing him as a potential second striker option (Football.London).
The move never materialised though and West Ham signed Said Benrahma – initially on loan – instead.
Now Brooks has taken to social media to announce he faces a battle against stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The illness is a cancer of the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system.
“This is a very difficult message for me to write,” Brooks said in a statement on Twitter.
“I have been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week. Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.
“I’d like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.
“I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness.
“I’d also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all of their support and assistance this past week.”
Although Brooks missed out on a move back to the Premier League with West Ham, he is hoping to get back to the top flight with Championship leaders Bournemouth.
The Welsh wizard has actually played nine times for the Cherries under former West Ham hero Scott Parker this season, scoring three goals.
But his football career will now take a back seat to something much more important as he begins treatment.
“Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so,” Brooks added.
“In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months ahead.
“I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.”
I am sure all West Ham fans will join us at Hammers News in wishing David all the best in his recovery.
And let’s hope he is back enjoying his football with Bournemouth as soon as he is well enough.