Brentford ahead Ivan Toney has revealed his final wager was “years ago”, however doesn’t at the moment have any curiosity in changing into a spokesperson on playing dependancy.
Toney will mark his return from an eight-month ban for breaching betting guidelines on Saturday when he captains Brentford in a Premier League residence fixture with Nottingham Forest.
England worldwide Toney has not performed competitively since May after the Football Association handed the striker a prolonged ban, which was decreased after it was deemed the 27-year-old had a playing dependancy.
Asked when he positioned his final wager, Toney informed the Daily Mail: “Years ago. Yeah, so it’s all sorted now.
“You just look back and look at the money you’ve lost and what that could have gone towards. These kinds of things. But the more you do that, the more you drive yourself crazy.
“I literally couldn’t tell you (how much I’ve bet). The more I think about it, the more I dwell on the past. It will haunt you even more and pain you.
“I didn’t bet on anything else apart from football. Not really. Maybe a horse at the Cheltenham Festival but that was it. The past is the past, so why let it hurt you?”
Toney obtained a suspension after he admitted breaching 232 betting guidelines, however the investigation into his playing occurred months earlier and he earned his maiden England cap whereas it was ongoing.
He had repeatedly acknowledged his “goal” was to pressure his manner again into England’s squad for the Euros.
While Toney would goal to hit the bottom working, final season’s 20-goal hitman was cautious of providing playing recommendation, particularly to Newcastle’s Sandro Tonali, who’s serving a ban for breaching betting guidelines.
“I don’t want to preach to him. I’m glad he is being allowed to train with the team – that will be good for his mental health. I hope he is coping well and will come back stronger,” Toney added.
“Around the time I got banned. I wanted to keep myself to myself and be around my family more than trying to be out there being a spokesperson for all sorts of things. At the time, my head wasn’t really focused on doing those kinds of things.
“I might look more into it now. Then again, I don’t really want to be a kind of ‘feel-sorry-for-me, I’ve-been-through-it, listen-to-me kind of person’. That’s far from my personality and far from what I’d be trying to get across to people.
“At the time, I guess I accepted it. Those are the kind of things, you accept and move forward and sort things out, which I did and that’s all cleared now, so my main focus is steering away from that kind of rubbish and focus on playing well for the team and doing what I do best – which is concentrate on scoring goals and playing well.
“I want to own it and get on with it. I’ve done it. The punishment is done. It is what it is. You can’t change what’s done.”