Aaron Lennon has expressed his gratitude for the support he has received from his family, Everton and the football world as a whole during what was a difficult period for him earlier this year.
The winger was detained under section 36 of the Mental Health Act in May and underwent treatment at The Priory in Darlington and Altrincham and also the Salford Royal Hospital but is back among his team-mates and looking ahead to the new season.
Lennon will be hoping to force his way back into the first-team reckoning at Goodison Park this coming season after making just eight starts in all competitions under Ronald Koeman last term.
Yannick Bolasie's injury and Gerard Deulofeu's departure for Barcelona have removed two obstacles standing in his way and he says he is "ready to kick on."
“It's great to be back after a difficult period," the 30-year-old said of his return to training for pre-season. "I've had a good first week of training and I can't wait to kick on now.
“I want to thank all the staff and patients at The Priory in both Darlington and Altrincham and all the staff at Salford Royal Hospital.
“The support I've had from Everton, Spurs, their fans, football fans and concerned members of the general public has been incredible.
“It's important to emphasise that there is amazing help out there and anyone feeling anything out of the ordinary should seek support because it is great and good to talk.
“Lastly, a special thanks to the staff at Everton, my team-mates, and especially my family and the people around me.”