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Ex-Bolton, Wigan, Cardiff player, 39, found ‘safe’ by police after worrying tweets

Kevin McNaughton, an ex-Bolton, Wigan, Cardiff player, 39, says he is thankful after being found ‘safe and well’ by police.

The former EFL defender has expressed his gratitude for all the support shown following concerns over his safety over tweets his left on social media.

The 39-year-old, who spent the 2015/16 campaign with Latics, has been most recently been working as a youth coach at Dundee.

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Mark Hudson, a former team-mate at Cardiff, tweeted on Thursday morning: “This isn’t what I want to be putting on here. Myself, friends and family are trying to get in contact with @KevMcnaughton.”

McNaughton’s last two tweets – “Let my kids know I’ll hover above I’ll always love them there to good for me xx” and “To the guy that stole my car, you stole a lot of my clothes in a tough time you stole my life it might mean nothing to you but it was all I had” – led to efforts to find him as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, Hudson then provided a happy update.

“Just heard, Kev has been found by the police safe and well,” he tweeted. “I will update but please respect his friends and family. Thank you everyone.”

McNaughton has since taken to social media to thank everyone who contributed to his safe return.

“Just a quick message to say thank you for the support over the last few days from everyone,” he tweeted along with a blue heart and a thumbs up emoji. “Can’t really put into words how much it has meant.”

McNaughton, was signed for the Latics in the summer of 2016, and his then manager Gary Caldwell had passed on his own best wishes, in the hope of good news.

“I just hope Kevin’s okay,” he said. “He’s such a great guy, and so popular among his friends and family.

“So many players find it difficult to adapt after their careers end, and fingers crossed he gets in touch and given the help he needs.”

The Bluebirds, which is where he spent much of his career, tweeted: “Show this man your love and support today. Super @KevMcnaughton #CityAsOne”

McNaughton also played for the likes of Aberdeen, Bolton, Inverness, Forfar and Kirriemuir, and also earned himself four caps for Scotland.

Twitter users reacted as the ex-Bolton, Wigan, Cardiff player, 39, is found ‘safe’ by police after his worrying tweets…

@dylanthomas91: As a swans fans, at times like these rivalries are out to the side. So glad to see you tweeting and even better to know you’re good. Onwards and upwards Kev

@NigelBlues: Least we could do for all you’ve given us over the years. Take care, look after yourself, see you down the City sometime soon. You’re forever welcome here.

@NNorms76: Glad to hear you’re feeling a little better super Kev! You’re well loved in this part of the world and we want to see you down the CCS as often as you can when you’re up for it.

@MillieWiller: We’ve got your back Kev.

@RacingDavies: I know a million other people have said if you wanna chat hit them up etc but I’ll say it again…. I’ve fought some nasty battles with my mental health and if you need a chat hit me up kev. #superkev

@WezTucker: Glad u safe and sound legend. Stay strong & even though u don’t know me personally, if u ever want a chat, a bev or just a change of scenery, I’m in Llandough Penarth. Always got time for a bluebird, as have probably thousands of people. All best @KevMcnaughton

@cheapmansvest: Don’t mind telling you I shed more than a few tears at Kev’s tweet to his kids, it’s raw and it’s real and you can’t help but put yourself in his shoes, and theirs. Wishing you all the strength you need @KevMcnaughton and then some more

@samwebb27: You are not alone. That win was for you today Super Kev

@KevinKyle1981: Kev don’t really know your circumstances but been through many a hard time myself, I’m glad you’re feeling better and if you ever want a chat my DMs are always open, I wish you well bud.

@AgentScotland: That tweet a few days ago was real, raw and heartbreaking but it might just be one of the best things you’ve done, the out-pouring of love and concern for you was genuine, you mean so much to so many, if you ever need to talk you now know you have thousands who’ll want to listen

@veetee39: You have so many people who love you and we will pick you up when you need it. Please ask for help whenever you need. Sending you my love and thoughts across the miles

@Hossack1603: Stay strong Kevin,watched you against my team Celtic and for Scotland you have achieved so much and you can add more memories with your family in the future

@DensParkChoir: There is always light at the end of the tunnel Kev, hope you’re spirits are lifted ASAP

@garysjackson: Stay strong Kev. Once a Wanderer always a Wanderer #bwfc

@GrandpaGarner: You’ve got the whole of football behind you mate.

@BlairCremin: Take care and look after yourself – there is a whole community of people who want to help and support you if you would like it. Be kind to yourself @KevMcnaughton.

@saldixie: You’re a star, Kev. I hope you’re feeling better. You’ll always be a Bluebird and you’ll always be loved in Cardiff.

@mlgall: Great to hear from you Kev. Stay safe man. I’m an Aberdonian living in Cardiff and you are a legend in both cities

@greyprawn: You will always be welcome here in Cardiff Super Kev and you will always be one of us and loved by all Bluebirds. Keep safe and stay strong. Just remember all the great times and years you had with us.

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