By Graham Hill
VILLA defender Tyrone Mings has admitted he was in a ‘bad place’ after struggles with metal health.
The on loan Bournemouth defender says his extensive injury lay-offs made him feel as though he was not in control of his career.
Mings, 26, has played a major role in Villa’s six match winning run which has taken them back into the play-off places.
And he will be hoping Dean Smith’s side make it seven at Rotherham United.
But he admits times have not always gone this well for him as he admitted to having problems.
He told the club’s official website: “Mine was linked to my injury and linked to ‘being out of control.’
“I’d worked so hard to make it to the Premier League and then got injured in my first six minutes.
“The control of my career was then taken out of my hands, which was a bad place for me to be in.
“If you’re in control, you can actively make a difference but if you’re not, it’s a difficult thing to deal with.
“I slipped into a bad place mentally.
“What helped me was talking, speaking to people. That was the biggest thing.I wanted to get away and shut myself off.
“But the problem was still there. I faced it head on by talking. That helped me the most.”
Villa would only be able to sign Mings permanently if they won promotion through the play-offs.
But he added: “It feels perfect here.
“I said when I first signed that I felt myself and the club were at similar stages, in terms of wanting to getting back to where we both feel we should be.
“For us to both help each other achieve that, I think, is important. I feel I’ve definitely made the right choice.”