Travis Munn: Ex-Mansfield and Boston player returns after life-threatening illness

11/07/2019 18:45

Ex-Mansfield player Travis Munn is ready to resume his football career - six months after preparing to say goodbye to his family.

Desperately ill and ravaged by "the most brutal" chemotherapy, former professional footballer Travis Munn was thinking about how he could say his final goodbyes to his wife and two young daughters.

Seven months later, the 25-year-old has resumed his playing career with East Midlands Counties League side Borrowash Victoria.

His return in a pre-season friendly on Saturday represents a monumental step in Munn's recovery from scleroderma, a life-threatening degenerative auto-immune disease.

But, while it is a dream to be back playing, his comeback is by no means the most significant sporting event in his household this summer.

His daughters, six-year-old Freya and four-year-old Bella, have taken that accolade.

"I have realised how precious life is and I took it for granted," Munn told BBC Sport. "I went to sports day and saw my little ones running around and it was the best thing in the world."

It was when Munn could barely run around that it really began to dawn on the former Mansfield Town and Boston United defender just how bad things were.

Travis Munn during his time at Boston United


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