Brighton defender Dan burn off moved from compelling on supermarket trolleys.
26, burn up off, admits a few years ago he thought playing in the Premier League was a pipedream.
He explained:”I thoroughly thought I would need to look for an alternative livelihood. In 16 and 15, no one was signed me. I worked in Asda pushing trollies.
“I had been playing football on local clubs and in the sixth form performing a B Tech. It had been great at the time because I had been generating revenue to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish at the weekends.
“I knew in the long-term I did not want to be there however if somebody had said afterward I would join a Premier League club, I would have laughed at them.”
FA Cup fantasies
Burn has a chance of reaching the last eight of the FA Cup for the second season working when Brighton amuse Championship side Derby at the Amex Stadium at the fifth round on Saturday.
He did not create it to the semifinals a year as Wigan were defeated by Southampton.
As Seagulls boss Chris Hughton continues with his policy of rotating his group to get FA Cup ties burn up off will start against the men of Frank Lampard.
And, with just seven top-flight sides and a few of the three heavyweights certain to be pumped out as Chelsea play Manchester United, burn off knows Brighton have an chance to emulate their memorable run.
“This is an opportunity,” he explained.
“No disrespect to Derby. They have been flying at the Championship however there are a lot tougher rounds which we might have had.”
Washing your kit
Per year after pushing trollies, the Newcastle academy player joined Darlington, who were subsequently fighting relegation.
This was Darlington’s chronic lack of cash – they moved bankrupt – psychologist was throw in to the team at 17, and 2 years afterwards which had been signed up by Fulham.
“In Darlington I had been washing my kit and bringing packed lunches into to eat,” he explained.
“I really think it has helped in the long term. It’s made me more determined and focused.
“When I’ve had times in football, I’ve kept believing’it might be worse, I might do this’.”
Beating Man City
After spells on loan in Yeovil and Birmingham, Burn spent two-and-a-half seasons in Fulham before linking Wigan, where he won the club’s player of the season award.
This had been last year when Burn up very impressed though, particularly in a FA Cup run when the Latics conquer Premier-league Bournemouth in a playoff, along with West Ham, in Front of a never-to-be-forgotten night contrary to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, when May Grigg’s winner finished their hopes of a unprecedented Quadruple.
“It did not really sink in until the end of the season,” said Burn.
“Manchester City were the greatest team in the world at the time. It was a wonderful way. The entire FA Cup run worked to my advantage because I played against four Premier League clubs and ended up getting signed by Brighton.”