|How Robbie Savage overcame rejection|
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Life as a professional footballer may seem like a dream job, but there can be pitfalls along the way as Robbie Savage tells the BBC Sport Academy.
Wales and Birmingham City midfielder Robbie Savage is a shining example of how to fight back from rejection.
And his message is this: "Even if you think that you are not good enough - as I once thought - keep trying, keep believing in your own ability".
As a 19-year-old, Savage was in illustrious company.
He progressed through the Manchester United youth ranks with the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.
Savage was a striker in those days, playing his part in United 1992 FA Youth Cup success.
But being called into Sir Alex Ferguson's office for a meeting with the manager was the start of a day that changed his life.
"The manager said: "unfortunately Robbie we are going to release you as I feel that we have better strikers than you at the club.""
"So I went home, still thinking about it, and had a car crash on the way, ending up in hospital to cap a very bad day.
"I was absolutely devastated. I thought that was it for me. I'd been released by the best club in the world and thought that I obviously was not good enough.
"I was thinking am I still going to be a footballer? But I always believed in myself and I bounced back."
While in hospital Savage had a phone call from Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi, a club with whom Savage had trained at their School of Excellence between the ages of 12 and 14.
He signed a two-year contract with the Gresty Road club and The Railwaymen set him back on the right track.
"There was no better club than Crewe for me to go to, and I knew that if I lived up to my ability I would get a chance to move on."
Savage caught the eye of the then Leicester City boss Martin O'Neill, who was ironically at a game to watch Danny Murphy, and the Welshman moved to Filbert Street in a £400,000 deal.
"I'd been at the top club and then moved to Crewe where I had to wash my own kit so it was a case of experiencing the highs and the lows.
"When I signed for Leicester I didn't feel as though I had made it, but when you become a regular in the team that is when you feel that you have bounced back.
"If you keep trying and live right then you have a chance. I never went out when I was a teenager and was very dedicated to succeed. The rewards these days are incredible."