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Trainer offers support to troubled footie ace

PUBLISHED: 15:01 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 25 August 2010

GAZZA'S personal trainer and confidante has offered his support to the star but said he is plagued by compulsive disorders that have ruined his life.

GAZZA'S personal trainer and confidante has offered his support to the star but said he is plagued by compulsive disorders that have ruined his life.

Graham Parsons, 42, manager of Swanley-based Defence Services Ltd (DSL), worked with Gazza at a secret location near Brands Hatch in an attempt to get him fit for his film debut in Final Run.

The ex-England footballer, who was once regarded as one of the world's best players, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act last month. Gazza, who enjoyed spells with Tottenham and Italian side Lazio, was detained by Northumbria Police after an incident at the Gateshead Hilton, and is now receiving voluntary help.

Former soldier Mr Parsons, who lives in Bexley, said: "We have had regular contact with Gazza and we obviously wish him all the best and hope he gets better.

We want to work with him in the future and really hope Gazza and ourselves get that chance."

He added: "He has these compulsive disorders that have affected him terribly and we just wish him all the best."

Gazza, 40, has spent months training with the war veteran in weapons training, military signalling and close combat skills.

His career has been plagued by personal problems and in 2005, there were fears over his long-term health when he was hospitalised with pneumonia. Last year he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer during the time he was training for his debut movie role, Final Run. Despite the recent setback Mr Parsons would not confirm if the film release was in jeopardy.

He added: "I'm sure we will be speaking to him very soon.

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