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Brad Dwyer reveals the hurt of his suicidal thoughts of the past

Brad Dwyer is an exceptionally talented hooker, but he didn’t have it easy growing up.

Every rugby league fan will probably know that Dwyer has a birthmark around his neck that goes down to his chest, and, the Leeds talisman spoke to the Out Of Your League podcast about its impact on his life.

“The way I was as a child was determined through my birthmark,” Dwyer said.

“Mine was very much a childhood of being embarrassed when I look back now – I didn’t think I had an issue with my birthmark but it was an embarrassment looking back.

“I sit back and think why was I a class clown or so immersed in rugby and when I look back it was the scars.

“Everyone was laughing at me because I was a joker or people were saying I was a good rugby player whereas it wasn’t Brad Dwyer with a birthmark.

“It’s linked to my personality away from rugby and 100% I believe if i didn’t crave that well done or laugh I don’t think I would have been a rugby league player – I’m not the biggest or fastest but I just wanted to impress.”

The 28-year-old professed that it was a breakup that prompted him to seek help.

“I went through a bit of counselling and player welfare at Leeds because I’d gone through a breakup and I was really upset with depression and suicidal thoughts and that’s why I reached out.

“I left school in year 5 because i got bullied, but I’d forgotten about that until therapy.

“Up to 25 I didn’t think I had an issue with my birthmark, but when I started therapy we went through all this.

“I wouldn’t meet new people and I wouldn’t be in environments I was uncomfortable in.

“I wanted to hit it head on and speak about it publicly.”

Dwyer will be in action tonight as Leeds host Castleford.

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