Former A-League star Andy Brennan has come out via his Instagram account.
WATCH: Andy Brennan says he's glad he told Australia he's gay
His powerful admission reportedly makes him the first professional soccer player in Oz to say "I'm gay."
"It’s taken me years to get comfortable saying this - I’m gay," wrote the Green Gully SC player.
"I was scared it would affect my 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!"
Andy, who first made his professional debut for the Newcastle Jets in 2016, explained via Professional Footballers Australia, "I suppose I've carried this burden with me for so long about being gay and I've come to the realisation that I can be open with it and speak to people about it and it's OK.
The Melbourne-based star added, "I tried to hide, a lot and tried to push it aside. Just because of the way I thought it would be perceived by other people…they might treat me differently."
Now that he's completely open, he hopes he can focus on his sport.
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