QPR’s Conor Washington has revealed that he came close to quitting football when he was playing for Newport County.

Washington is the latest player to have a meteoric rise up the leagues. Just a few short years ago, he was postman playing for non-league St Ives Town. However since then he has impressed for both Newport and Peterborough United and earned himself a big money move to QPR in January. In addition to this, it’s very likely that Washington is named in the Northern Ireland squad for this year’s Euros.

However the 23-year-old striker recently revealed that when he was at Newport, he came very close to quitting football altogether. When Washington wasn’t named in the National League play-off final win in 2013, he was at such a low point he almost retired. However, he stuck it out thanks to the advice of his mum Donna and now is reaping the dividends.

Talking about his rise up the ranks, Washington told The Times: “It was a killer for me,”

“After one season I called my mum and said I’m not even sure I want to carry on.”

“I wasn’t really playing, finding training tough. She was great.”

“I said I would see out the final year of my contract and go out with a bang.”

“And then I started flying in League Two. That was the switch.”