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IN MAY this year, footballer Andy Brennan, 26, attracted international headlines after a came out as gay, the first person in his sport in Australia to do so.

Here here is speaking in May to ITV’s Good Morning Britain:

Now it’s reported by PinkNews that Brennan said in an interview that his life is “so much better” since he came out.

Brennan, who formerly played for the Newcastle Jets and now plays for Green Gully in Melbourne, said:

The way it’s affected my life has been only positive, it’s been so much better.

He also revealed that he was extremely nervous about coming out.

I pushed it away because I didn’t think it was normal, and thought people would judge me. And like I wouldn’t be able to play football and be friends with the same people. I thought it would change my life completely.

However, his fears turned out to be unfounded. Reactions to his coming out have been “only positive” and he has had no issues with opposition fans.

The interview comes just two months after Brennan came out as gay in an Instagram post.

It’s taken me years to get comfortable saying this – I’m gay. I was scared it would affect friendships, my teammates, and my family. But the support of the people around me has been so great and helped me get to the final step; being completely open. Being open is the best way for me to feel most comfortable and be myself. So… carry on!

Brennan then posted a video shot by the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) in which he discussed his decision to come out. He said:

I’ve been carrying this burden with me for so long about being gay and now I’ve come to the realisation that I can be open with it, speak to people about it and it’s ok. It’s something I’ve been wanting to share with people who may be going through the same thing