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“I tried to block it out, but it was slightly more blown up than I realised myself. I think there was one game I was on the bench for the first-team, completely oblivious, then I read some article the next day about it.

"I was aware of it, but no one ever had a go at me directly. No one ever game up to me and said “you’re a whatever and your dad’s a whatever,” so it was more of a background consideration, but it never affected me too personally. It was a controversial time at the club, so it wasn’t the nicest thing in the world, but it was OK.”