By ESPNSTAR.com staff
In a campaign he will remember for all the wrong reasons, Dawson only managed to make 13 appearances for Tottenham, suffering a variety of injuries throughout the season. Unsurprisingly, the Englishman has not enjoyed his time on the side-lines.
"I'll admit that I'm not my normal outgoing self when I'm injured - particularly when it is as long term like this one has been," Dawson shared with the club's official website.
"The medics here are great and they try to keep you positive as well as putting you right. But I find it so hard. The worst thing is hearing all the banter as the lads go out to train and being stuck behind."
Team-mate Tom Huddlestone was also subjected to a disastrous season, missing out on the majority of Spurs' Champions League charge as a result of two ligament surgeries. Dawson is glad to have Huddlestone for company on his road to recovery, and he hopes for both of them to be back in action at the start of the next campaign.
"I've certainly got to know Tom Huddlestone a lot better because he's hardly played at all last season so he's had it even harder than me," he said.
"We've been working hard together but it's great that the two of us managed to get back out there before the summer break and we can now look forward to next season and coming back stronger."
The central defender revealed that overcoming his injury crisis has since strengthened him mentally in a manner he never imagined possible.
"There's no doubt that the season is a long, testing one and you have to demonstrate mental as well as physical strength to come through. There's always pressure, high expectations, because this is a great club and that tough inner core is crucial at this level. But those demands don't just disappear if and when you're injured. It's all still there but in a different way because you are frustrated and determined to recover as quickly as possible but you just can't get there," Dawson stated.
"Your whole routine also changes because you are working to a playing-training tempo and suddenly that is disrupted. As a footballer you are naturally programmed to want to play football and that is your whole outlook. So if that is taken away from you, particularly over a long period, then you have to find a different kind of mental toughness. You have to find optimism from somewhere but it is far from easy."